Brian Williams

Professor

History

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Liberal Arts 334


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Introduces students to historical method and perspective through comparative study of human societies and cultures. The concept of "civilization" is examined in varied contexts through comparisons of social, economic, and political institutions, as well as systems of thought and religion, from pre-history to around 1400.

Introduces students to historical method and perspective through comparative study of human societies and cultures. The concept of "civilization" is examined in varied contexts through comparisons of social, economic, and political institutions, as well as systems of thought and religion, from pre-history to around 1400.

Introduces students to historical method and perspective through comparative study of human societies and cultures. The concept of "civilization" is examined in varied contexts through comparisons of social, economic, and political institutions, as well as systems of thought and religion, from pre-history to around 1400.

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.

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.

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.

A broad cultural, religious, political, geographic survey of the historical roots of terrorism in this strategic region. Special emphasis on understanding Osama bin Laden, Iraqi insurgents, 9/11, and trans-national jihadism.

A broad cultural, religious, political, geographic survey of the historical roots of terrorism in this strategic region. Special emphasis on understanding Osama bin Laden, Iraqi insurgents, 9/11, and trans-national jihadism.

A broad cultural, religious, political, geographic survey of the historical roots of terrorism in this strategic region. Special emphasis on understanding Osama bin Laden, Iraqi insurgents, 9/11, and trans-national jihadism.

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.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

Introduces students to historical method and perspective through comparative study of human societies and cultures. The concept of "civilization" is examined in varied contexts through comparisons of social, economic, and political institutions, as well as systems of thought and religion, from pre-history to around 1400.
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Research

Research Interests

  • 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

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