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Department of Central Eurasian Studies

The Baltic States since 1908

Regions Covered: 
Estonia
Finland

This course offers a graduate-level introduction to the Baltic states and peoples in the twentieth century. The approach will be comparative both chronologically and geographically within the Baltic region. We will also view the Baltic states in the larger context of Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and the Russian Empire/Soviet Union. Three main periods are covered: the interwar independence era, Soviet rule, and the reestablishment of independence and its aftermath, 1987-2007.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/toivo-raun-0
Course Code: 
R501
When Taught: 
Fall 2010

The Naqshbandi Sufis in Central Asia

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Historical Central Eurasia

This course will survey the origins and historical development of the Naqshbandi Sufi order in Central Asia.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R415
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Iran
Turkey
Historical Central Eurasia

This course carries Culture Studies & COLL S & H distribution credit

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/m-nazif-shahrani
Course Code: 
R552
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

European Folk Musics

This course will examine a wide variety of European musical communities, nations, and styles, from Hungary, Finland, Bulgaria, and Russia in the east to Norway, England, and Ireland in the west, as well as some musics of two important transnational communities, Jews and Roma (Gypsies). In addition, we will explore issues of style, ethnicity, nationalism, revival, politics, and commercialization expressed through this music.

Regions Covered: 
Hungary
Poland
Course Code: 
R349
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Modern Scandinavia and the Baltic States

Regions Covered: 
Estonia
Finland

Modern Scandinavia and the Baltic States

This course is a survey of the history of the Scandinavian and Baltic States since the 18th century. The emphasis will be on a comparative approach, seeking to identify uniformities and differences in development. Along with political and socio-economic developments, culture will also receive extensive treatment.

Requirements: a mid-term and final exam, both of the essay type; a comparative essay using various literary sources from Scandinavia and the Baltic States.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/toivo-raun-0
Course Code: 
R309
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Buddhist Lives: The Buddha, Milarepa, and the Dalai Lama

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
Historical Central Eurasia

What can we learn from the lives of Siddhartha Gautama, Jetsun Milarepa, and Tenzin Gyatso, better known as the Buddha, Milarepa and the 14th Dalai Lama, respectively? By examining their deeds and beliefs, as well as canonical and non-canonical texts, the meaning of the dharma and Buddhism in general will be explored. No knowledge of Pali or Tibetan is necessary, just an interest in the religion and region.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gedun-rabsal
Course Code: 
R199
When Taught: 
Fall 2012
Fall 2013

Russia's Orient 1552-1924

Regions Covered: 
Tatarstan
Historical Central Eurasia

This course for graduate students examines the relationship between Russia (late Muscovite and imperial) and the Turkic peoples inhabiting the Volga-Ural region, the northern littoral of the Black Sea, the North and South Caucasus, as well as nomadic and sedentary Central and Inner Asia.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/edward-lazzerini-0
Course Code: 
R628
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Mongolian Languages and Dialects

Regions Covered: 
Mongolia

The course investigates the following topics in all attested Mongolic languages: language and dialects; periods, sources, and scripts; vowels & vowel harmony; consonants; historical morphology; personal pronouns; the n-stems; changes of in verb systems; plurals; fusion, contraction; syntax change; negation & interrogation; word order; lexicon and loan words.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gy%C3%B6rgy-kara
Course Code: 
R666
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

New Mongol Literatures

Regions Covered: 
Mongolia

The course offers an overview of the main modern central and southeastern Mongol, Buryat and Kalmyk writers, poets, novelists and playwrights, their lives and works, ideals and ideas, their quest for national identity in a widening world.

No knowledge of a Mongolic language is required.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gy%C3%B6rgy-kara
Course Code: 
R569
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Buddhism in Central Asia

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

The Buddha, who flourished around 500 BC, is believed to have achieved enlightenment in eastern India. But the earliest evidence for Early Buddhism, and for the Normative Buddhism that developed in the first or second century AD, comes from Gandhara, a country in the southeastern corner of Central Asia (now in Afghanistan) and northwestern corner of India (now in Pakistan). Scholars of Buddhism have written much on legendary ¿early¿ Buddhism, but what was the earliest known Buddhism really like? What do the early accounts say the Buddha actually taught?

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/christopher-i-beckwith
Course Code: 
R529
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

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