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Oil, Islam, and Geopolitics

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Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

Introduction to the politics of modern Central Asia, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, with reference to the timely themes of energy politics, global Islam, and geopolitics.

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Fall 2012

Turkic Central Asian Festival at IU

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 8:00pm to Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 8:00pm

Celebrating Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Uzbek, and Turkmen cultures. Three movie nights with a closing reception and cultural performances.

Thirteenth Annual CESS Conference

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12:00pm to Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 12:00pm

The Thirteenth Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS) will be held at Indiana University, hosted by the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center. The program will feature panel and paper topics relating to all aspects of humanities and social science scholarship on Central Eurasia, a geographic domain which extends from the Black Sea and Iranian Plateau to Mongolia and Siberia, including the Caucasus, Crimea, Middle Volga, Afghanistan, Tibet, Xinjiang, and Central and Inner Asia.

Silk Road Bayram (Festival)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 6:30pm to 10:00pm

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University and the Silk Road Institute Present The 19th Annual Silk Road Bayram in a program of Dance and music of the Turkic World of the Silk Road Cultures

Featuring guest artists Cavit Tebrizli (Turkey), Hasan Mamedov (Turkmenistan/Russia), Simin Sabri (Norway/Azerbaijan) & Behrouz Farrokhi (USA/ Azerbaijan)

With Music and dance from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, East Turkistan, Greece, Middle East, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan

Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Cultural Fair, 6:30 p.m.
Concert: 7-10 p.m.
Includes a Fashion Show

Khan or Santa Claus: Choosing a Heritage for Kyrgyzstan

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The following lecture was given on February 3rd, 2010, by Dr. Anne Pyburn, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her talk is entitled “Chinggis Khan or Santa Claus: Choosing a Heritage for Kyrgyzstan.” This lecture was part of the 2009-2010 Central Eurasian Studies Colloquium, which was sponsored by the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, the Central Eurasian Studies Department and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center.

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Popular Islam in Central Asia

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The Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies hosted a colloquium by Dr. David Somfai Kara entitled "Islamic Traditions among Post-Soviet Kazakhs and Kyrgyz" on April 14, 2010. Dr. Kara is an Associate Professor of Tibetan Studies at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. This podcast is a recording of his presentation.

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The area of the modern state of Kyrgyzstan was formally annexed by the Russian Empire in 1876. Initial Russian rule was marked by unrest, World War I, and the Bolshevik Revolution. In 1936, Kyrgyzstan was became a Soviet Republic and part of the broader Soviet state and economy. The country found itself independent in 1991 upon the fall of the USSR and has since undergone a restive period of frequent political change interspersed with intervals of economic development and relative stability.


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