Liberal Arts 334
Survey of the cultures and ethnic groups of Islamic Central Asia (Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, etc.) from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century. Provides an introduction to Islam and the various empires of Central Asia such as the state of Attila the Hun, Arab Empire, Mongol Khanates, Soviet Union and Taliban in Afghanistan.
Seminars will be offered variously in topics in non-European World History. The writing of a substantial paper will be required. Content will vary with instructor; may be repeated with change of content. Cross-listed for AAS, JST, and WMS when the content is appropriate.
- Conflict in Contemporary Islamic Eurasia (Chechnya, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Macedonia)
- Nationalism and Identity in the Caucasus/Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan)
- Ottoman History (with emphasis on nationalism in the Balkans)
- Transnational jihadi Militant Movements and Al Qaeda terrorism