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Spring 2021 Middle East UN3421 section 001
Islamic Central Asia

Call Number 10772
Day & Time
Location
R 4:10pm-6:00pm
ONLINE ONLY
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Catherine Ambler
Type SEMINAR
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description Explores the cultural landscapes of Islamic Central Asia up to the 18th c. Russian conquests, introducing the wide and changing array of meanings that both Islam and Central Asia could take on in this context. Against the association of Central Asia with a periphery, this course restores the centrality of Central Asia to the spheres of exchange that held together a broader Islamic imaginary, including Persian literatures, Sufism, political thought, and the visual arts. Focuses on the empires of the Ghaznavids (977-1186), Mongols (1206-1370), Timurids (1370-1507), and early Mughals. Readings are English translations of primary sources, and modern scholarship to contextualize and theorize these sources. Central questions include: how these texts reflect and shape community, how they mark and make sense of difference, the ways in which they understand and relate to their past(s), and the values that they hold to be most central. No prerequisites.
Web Site Vergil
Department Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Enrollment 14 students (15 max) as of 9:00PM Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Subject Middle East
Number UN3421
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20211MDES3421C001

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