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“Along the Silk Road”: Open Sketch Night at the IU Art Museum

Jaime Bue, Outreach GA at the IAUNRC, gave a short presentation to the audience describing the history and looking at a few art pieces that exemplify the cross-cultural contact of the Silk Road.

The Secret History of the Mongols

The Secret History of the Mongols is Mongolian’s great classic and one of the greatest pieces of history ever written. In this seminar we will read it slowly, exploring it from historical, textual (philological), source-critical, literary, ideological, folkloric, linguistic, and many other points of view. Students will write a seminar paper which will be critiqued by the class in the last two weeks of class.

Regions Covered: 
Mongolia
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Course Code: 
R760
When Taught: 
Spring 2012

Embodying Nirvana

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
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When beings become Buddhas, what happens? What does it mean to be a Buddha? What is lost in attaining awakening, and what is gained? How is nirvana embodied? The nature of the end point of the Buddhist path as attainable and attained by sentient beings has long been an object of controversy among Buddhists.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/richard-nance
Course Code: 
R552
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Introduction to Buddhism

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
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This course is intended to serve as an introduction to Buddhism, broadly conceived. We will survey the development of Buddhist thought and practice, from its origins in India to its subsequent expansions into other parts of the world. The course has two main aims: to familiarize you with basic Buddhist ideas and practices as these have taken shape in various historical and cultural settings, and to invite you to think critically and carefully about these ideas and practices and what they imply for those who espouse and engage in them.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/richard-nance
Course Code: 
B210
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Mongolian Literature and Folklore

This course carries COLL S & H distribution credit

The written and oral art of word, interaction of orality and writing. History of Mongol literary studies. Collections of monuments; internal and external sources. Broad and narrow concepts of literature. Periods and areas. Connections with other arts (music, drama, visual arts) and with the sacred.. Authorship and anonymity. Original and translated works. Indo-Tibetan, Chinese, Turkic and Western influences. Forms and functions. Prose and verse. Narrative and lyric genres. The Mongol verse.

Regions Covered: 
Mongolia
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Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gy%C3%B6rgy-kara
Course Code: 
R661

The Tibetan Empire

This course focuses on the first fully historical, well recorded period of Tibetan history, during the Early Middle Ages, when the Tibetans dominated the Tibetan Plateau and a large part of Eurasia beyond.

Regions Covered: 
Tibet
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Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/christopher-i-beckwith
Course Code: 
R579

Inner Asian Religious Beliefs

This course carries Culture Studies & A & H distribution credit

This course will survey the beliefs and practices characteristic of the native religious traditions of Inner Asian peoples from the earliest times up to the present century. Special attention will be devoted to historical evidence on religion in Inner Asia, the fundamental beliefs about the nature of the world and human souls, the role of the shaman, and the social, economic, and political components of Inner Asian religious beliefs and practices.

Regions Covered: 
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Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R291

Introduction to the Ancient Near East

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

Regions Covered: 
Iran
Turkey
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Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/jamsheed-choksy
Course Code: 
R250

Introduction to Central Asian History

This COURSE carries COLL S & H distribution credit

Regions Covered: 
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Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/christopher-i-beckwith
Course Code: 
R191

Islamic-Hagiography of Central Asia

This course will provide a general survey of the political, social, and cultural history of Islamic Central Asia from the 16th century down to the Russian conquest. Introductory lectures will outline the geographical and ethnic context of Central Asian history, and the political and social legacies of the Mongol conquest in Central Asia; developments in sedentary Central Asia under Timurid rule and the emergence of the nomadic Uzbek confederation in the steppe will be given special attention, before turning to the Uzbek conquest of Central Asia at the beginning of the 16th century.

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Iran
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
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Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R629

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