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Grave Robbers, Missionaries, and Spies: Foreign Adventurers in Chinese Turkistan

Regions Covered: 
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
From the 19th century to the mid-20th, the mysteries and fabled cultural treasures of what is today known as Xinjiang lured many outsiders to the region. Missionaries came from Europe hoping to convert the largely Muslim population to Christianity. Professional archeologists and amateur treasure hunters came to root through the deserts for Buddhist scrolls, painting, and statuary. Adventurers passed through looking for excitement, or themselves.
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gardner-bovingdon-0
Course Code: 
R531
When Taught: 
Spring 2011
Spring 2010

Cultures and Civilization of Xinjiang

Regions Covered: 
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
This course surveys the cultures of Xinjiang from earliest times to the present. It covers the material life, languages and literatures, arts, and religions in the region, with emphasis on the modern period. Using both texts and audiovisual materials, we will consider the “mummy controversy,” Xinjiang’s place in the so-called Silk Road, the cultural impact of Islamicization, and the region’s rich cultural diversity today. The course will cover such themes as cultural borrowing, the “clash of civilizations,” civilizing processes, and the political implications of multiculturalism.
Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gardner-bovingdon-0
Course Code: 
R533
When Taught: 
Spring 2011

Modern Mongolia

In 1900 Mongolia was a largely nomadic country, with an aristocratic government of the descendants of Genghis Khan and an established Buddhist church, and dominated by viceroys from China’s last, Manchu, dynasty. In 1950, it was the Soviet Union most loyal satellite ruled by Mongolia little Stalin, the dictator Choibalsang. Mongolia entered the new millennium as an independent nation and a multi-party democracy, sandwiched between China and Russia, and struggling to enter the ranks of Asia economic success stories.
Regions Covered: 
Mongolia
Course Code: 
R560

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