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The Naqshbandi Sufis in Central Asia

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Historical Central Eurasia

This course will survey the origins and historical development of the Naqshbandi Sufi order in Central Asia.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/devin-deweese
Course Code: 
R415
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Buddhism in Central Asia

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region
Historical Central Eurasia

The Buddha, who flourished around 500 BC, is believed to have achieved enlightenment in eastern India. But the earliest evidence for Early Buddhism, and for the Normative Buddhism that developed in the first or second century AD, comes from Gandhara, a country in the southeastern corner of Central Asia (now in Afghanistan) and northwestern corner of India (now in Pakistan). Scholars of Buddhism have written much on legendary ¿early¿ Buddhism, but what was the earliest known Buddhism really like? What do the early accounts say the Buddha actually taught?

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/christopher-i-beckwith
Course Code: 
R529
When Taught: 
Fall 2013

Oil, Islam, and Geopolitics

Regions Covered: 
Afghanistan
China
Iran
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Tajikistan
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
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.

Professor: 
/~iaunrc/content/gardner-bovingdon-0
Course Code: 
R192
When Taught: 
Fall 2012

Thirteenth Annual CESS Conference

Date: 
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.

Lecture: Ulugh Beg and Transoxiana: How Much do the Sources Actually Tell Us?"

Date: 
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 4:00pm

As sponsored by the Denis Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies and welcomed by IAUNRC, Professor Beatrice Forbes Manz of Tufts University will be presenting the annual Yuri Bregel lecture this Wednesday, October 26, at 4:00 PM in Indiana University's Memorial Union.  Professor Manz's talk is entitled "Ulugh Beg and Transoxiana: How much do the sources actually tell us?" and will delve into the historical period and impotance of Shahrukh's son, Ulugh Beg.  Beg was the Renaissance astronomer prince, portrayed as a semi-independent ruler, ignoring his pious father's turn

Silk Road Bayram (Festival)

Date: 
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

Tajikistan

Tajiks trace their heritage back to ancient Persian-speakers lived in modern-day Central Asia some thousands of years ago; some groups in Tajikistan speak languages that have changed little from those encountered by Alexander the Great's armies as they passed through the area. The country of Tajikistan, a mountainous series of high plateaus and plunging valleys, was carved out of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic in 1929, although the people of these two republics have remained closely interlinked linguistically and culturally.

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