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Introduction: Syllabi for the Study of Central Eurasia

Edited by John Schoeberlein

The "Syllabi for the Study of Central Eurasia" is designed to serve instructors, students and general readers as a source of inspiration and guidance as they seek to enhance their educational and informational resources on Central Eurasia.  This compilation includes dozens of course syllabi from all over the world and many fields of study, and the numbers and breadth of coverage are steadily growing.

The syllabi vary considerably in their nature -- some dozens of pages long while others are a single page.  This represents the natural variability among different disciplines, different teaching styles and different educational traditions across the world.  Some of the syllabi are themselves web documents, and take advantage to varying degrees of the graphic and linking capabilities of the web.  I expect we can learn much, not only from the content covered in the courses, but also from the alternative approaches we can see here.

Submitting Syllabi: If you teach a course or know of a course which ought to be included, please let us know at CESWW(a)  Syllabi should ideally be sent in MS Word format (the easiest form for us to transform it into a PDF document).

The syllabi are listed and linked below under disciplinary categories.  The syllabi themselves are all in pdf format, for which you will need Acrobat Reader to read (see below for how you can obtain this program for free via the web).  A Keyword Index is also provided at the bottom of this page, as well as an Instructor Index.

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Other Resources: Please note that some instructors and institutions have made a practice of putting their course syllabi on-line through personal or departmental websites.  Prof. Dan Waugh at the University of Washington, Seattle has established a webpage devoted to links to some such syllabi (see  Some of the same syllabi are included here, because their web presence can be transient, but on the other hand, it is worth checking for more up-to-date versions on the web.

Acknowledgements: Many thanks are due to the generous teachers who have sent their syllabi for inclusion in this resource.  Thanks also to Leila Zakhirova, who assisted in compiling the syllabi.

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The "Syllabi for the Study of Central Eurasia" was established August 22, 2002.
Latest update: November 21, 2008.
Currently, "Syllabi for the Study of Central Eurasia" contains over 40 syllabi.
Editor: John Schoeberlein (Director, Harvard Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus)
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Syllabi for the Study of Central Eurasia

The syllabi are arranged under the following categories:



Cultural Studies


Political Science

Other categories may be added as new syllabi are submitted.


Kamoludin Abdullaev (Yale University)

National and Muslim Movements in 20th Century Central Asia (Spring 2003) [239KB]

"This course seeks to introduce students to the nature and development of National and Muslim movements in the 20th century Central Asia. This deals with different forms of political activism and with contemporary processes of democratization in Central Asian independent states. The course continues with a broader discussion of the diversity of the political principles underlying the practice of democracy and how these principles relate to the challenges facing Central Asians at the start of the new millennium."

Dru C. Gladney (University of Hawaii)

Comparative Muslim Societies in Asia (1994) [111KB]

"One in every five persons in the world is Muslim. Most of them live, not, as is generally thought, in the Middle East, but in Asia, especially South, Southeast, and East Asia. Current world events demonstrate the wide global appeal of Islam, even as misperceptions and misrepresentations about Muslims continue to dominate Western discourse. Through lecture, readings, films, and discussion, this course will survey and analyze the wide diversity found among Muslim communities and Islamic societies. The stimulus for this course is the growing interest in many fields of scholarship in defining "Muslim societies" as a distinct field of study. There has been a growing use of Islamic symbols as indicators of loyalty and of Muslim paradigms as a guide to behavior and the shaping of institutions. The establishment, in recent years, of transnational links between Muslims, and the founding of new religio-political institutions, with the revitalization of old ones, have had substantial cultural, economic, and political consequences."

The Silk Road: Pre- and Post-Modern Travel Narrative (Spring 2001) [156KB]

"This course will examine contemporary theories of travel narrative from the perspective of the Silk Road across Eurasia. The course will consider the relevance of this growing body of theory for understanding social and political processes in the old and new states of Asia. Considering the Eurocentric nature of most theories of travel and the Silk Road, this course will ask: Are these theories useful for the Asian context? Do they help or hinder understanding of recent and current travel narrative in Asia? Are there different styles of travel and travel narrative in Asia and Europe? What is the role of religion, ritual, and representation in constructing the nature of the Silk Road? What is the general history of the Silk Road and why is it important in linking constructions of the pre- and post-modern histories of East and West?"

Dru C. Gladney and Eric Harwit (University of Hawaii)

China's Ties with Central Asia (2002) [111KB]

"This new course will explore the historical, cultural, religious, political and economic ties between China and the major states of Central Asia. It will address issues of ethnic and national identities, Islamic social movements, border relations, and foreign exchanges in the wake of the demise of the Soviet Union. Contemporary topics of analysis include cross border trade, environmental conflict, economic development, and regional independence movements."

David Nalle (ILR at American University)

Central Asia Rejoins the World (Spring 2002) [138KB]

"This course discusses areas such as the vortex slides of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, what Alexander found and left, silk, wine and religion, Avicenna as the librarian of the Samanid King, Genghis, Timur, Nava'i and Babur, dreadful emirs, mullahs and the Jadids, Massoud, Karimov, and Turkmenbashi, and the Future of Central Asia."

Michaela Pohl (Vassar College)

Central Asia in Transition (Spring 2002) [155KB]

"This multidisciplinary seminar explores Central Asia during several great transitions, focusing on former Soviet Central Asia or the "orient" of the Russian Empire. We explore five distinct experiences: Muslim society and tradition, the epoch of the emirates, how Central Asia and the Caucasus became part of the Russian empire, Central Asians under Soviet rule, and the new states of Central Asia after independence in 1991. We explore three broad geographic areas: oases (Transoxania - Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan), mountains (the Caucasus), and steppe (Kazakhstan), and we consider our own location in the USA. The last third of the course focuses on the challenges facing the transition societies of Central Asia. Topics include the cultural and spiritual lives of Central Asians, politics and civil society, war, ethnic conflict, and foreign relations. The course draws on primary and secondary source readings in history, political science, anthropology, memoirs and literature, music and musicology, and travelers' accounts. Seminar participants explore the existing literature on Central Asia as well as online government, media, NGO, and business resources through several graduate-seminar style exercises (oral book report, bibliographic essay, review essay, individual oral final exam)."

Madeleine Reeves (American University in Kyrgyzstan)

Central Asian Politics and Society (Spring 2001) [346KB]

"This course adopts a historical and comparative approach to the study of contemporary Central Asian politics and society. It seeks to enable students to reflect in an informed and critical way upon the following issues and debates: the legacy of Soviet rule in the region; the emergence of new political institutions and their potential for fostering democracy; the impact of "transition" upon social institutions from the family to the nation; changing religious, ethnic and gender identities; political Islam and state policy; the development of civil society in the region; "nation-building" and the challenge of ethnic diversity; the evolving intra-regional situation and relations with Russia, the CIS and the world."

John Schoeberlein (Harvard University)

Central Asian Culture and Society (Spring 2000) [189KB]

"The course explores the diversity and continuity in contemporary Central Asian culture and society and their historical roots. After building a basis of knowledge of the pre- and early-modern history of the region and of its contemporary political context and institutions, the course will approach Central Asian culture, social structure and everyday life from a variety of angles. These will include perspectives available in various types of literature on the region, including the travel accounts of travelers to the region from pre-modern to recent time, indigenous literary folklore traditions, 19th-century Orientalist scholarship, and contemporary scholarly approaches. The course will draw on ethnographic accounts to develop a rich picture of the social meaning and cultural context of ways of life (from the historical caravan trade and pastoral nomadism to contemporary collective farm and urban life), community rituals, social institutions, religious practices, moral sensibilities and aesthetic traditions."

The Meanings of Islam in Central Asia (Spring 2001) [206KB]

"The course will examine the changing role of Islam in Central Asia through history from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Central Asia is on the margins of the Islamic world, though integral to it, and the course will consider the ways that the regions' position on transcontinental trade routes and desert-oasis borderlands have led to particular expressions of the processes which are common to the Islamic world more widely. It will also look at the process of modernization and the role of Islam in the Russian and Soviet imperial contexts. Particular attention will be given to the current political, cultural and social processes in which Islam plays a part in the post-Soviet era."

History and Culture of the Islamic Peoples of the Former Soviet Union (Spring 2002) [187KB]

"Themes in the history of cultural change, from prior to Russian expansion into Muslim lands until the post-Soviet period. The course encompasses territories falling under Russian dominion by the nineteenth century that are inhabited by peoples which are culturally more akin to Asia and the Islamic Middle East than to Europe: Central Asia, the Caucasus, and southern Russia. Themes include the background of Iranian, Turkic and Islamic culture, problems of induced cultural change (Russification/Europeanization/modernization), social transformation under the establishment and dissolution of Russian rule and the Communist system, the institutionalization of national identities, and changing family and community organization."


Thomas Barfield (Boston University)

Afghanistan (2002) [106KB]


This seminar provides an ethnographic and historical examination of Afghanistan's traditional social organization, ecology and economy, political organization, and relationship among ethnic groups as a basis for examining the consequences of domestic political turmoil and foreign interventions over the last twenty years. The current situation in Afghanistan and the country's prospects for the future will also be addressed.

Gabriele Rasuly-Paleczek (University of Vienna)

Tribe and State in Central Asia (2001) [222KB]

"Using Afghanistan, in particular my own research materials on the Qataghan-Uzbeks of Northeastern Afghanistan and their relation to the Afghan state as a case study, I try to look into the question whether the developed ideas on state and tribe relations in the anthropology of the Middle East are really a valid framework to analyze politics in multi-ethnic states like Afghanistan or the Central Asian Republics."

Introduction to the Social Anthropology of Central Asia (2001) [202KB]

"The aim of this course is to give a broad and general overview on the peoples of Central Asia, their social structure, history, culture and religion."

Jack Weatherford (Macalester College)

The Mongols: Past and Present (Fall 2001) [141KB]

"By combining ethnography and history, we will study the origins of the Mongol Empire and the impact that it had on the conquered countries -- including China, Russia, the Middle East, and India. We will look at the contemporary people of Inner Asia as they struggle to deal with their dramatic legacy in the modern world system."

Cultural Studies

Jane Knox-Voina (Bowdoin College) & Gulnara Abikeyeva (Fulbright Scholar)

White Spots on the Soviet Map: Central Asia and Siberia through Film and Literature (Spring 2002) [415KB]

"Examination of little known Asian peoples of the former Soviet Union and their role in solving cultural, economic and geopolitical issues facing the twenty-first century. The course will focus on changes in the socio-economic status of women in these areas. The first half of the course examines Siberia's indigenous peoples of the Nenets, the Evenk, the Nivkh, the Sakha/Yakut and the Chukchi and the impact of Russian outsiders (conquerors, traders, settlers, rulers and exiled convicts). The second half of the course will focus on the former Soviet Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tadjikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan."


Christopher P. Atwood (Indiana University)

Mongolia: Theocracy, Communism, Democracy (Spring 2002) [128KB]

"This course will explore the wrenching changes that Mongolia has gone through in the course of this century: poverty-stricken Chinese dependency, theocracy, revolutionary junta, Communist purges, ailing command economy, transition to democracy and private property. Areas covered will include foreign policy, political events, circulation of elites, Buddhism and modern ideologies, demography and urbanization, and transformations in nomadic pastoralism."

Mongol Conquest (Fall 2001) [125KB]

"This course deals with the empire built by the Mongols in the 13th century-the largest land empire in the world. All readings will be from translated primary sources of the 13th and 14th centuries, written by the Mongols themselves and also by Persian, Chinese, Eastern Christians, Europeans, and other peoples that fought, surrendered to, or traded with the Mongol conquerors."

Introduction to Ordos Documents (2001) [130KB]

"Topics covered by the documents and to be discussed in class include Buddhist didactic poetry, Buddhist and folk religious prayers, political ideology and rituals of the Mongolian banner administration, the Chinggis Khan cult, manuals for weddings and horse races, legal privileges of the nobility, district self-defense and border disputes, financial structure and difficulties of the Mongolian banners, Chinese colonization and Mongolian resistance organizations (duguilangs), banditry, and Mongolian relations with the Scheut missionaries themselves."

Modern Inner Mongolia (Spring 2001) [158KB]

"This course explores the fascinating and often tragic history of Inner Mongolia from about 1800 to the present. We will trace the patterns of Mongolian institutions and ideas and Han Chinese immigration and settlement through the Qing, the New Policies, the Chinese Republic, the Japanese Occupation, the Chinese Civil War, and the see-sawing PRC policies."

David Christian (San Diego State University)

The Silk Roads in World History (Fall 2001) [308KB]

"This course is about the Silk Roads and about World History. Its first goal is to explore the prehistory and history of the Silk Roads, in order to understand their broader significance for World History. The course has a second goal: to help students become a better reader of history."

Nadir Devlet (Yeditepe University)

Contemporary Turkic World (2002-03) [152KB]

"The aim of the course is to teach the students the facts on historical, political, economic and cultural structure of independent Turkic States in Caucasus and Central Asia. Give basic information (geographic, demographic etc.) about the peoples of Turkic origin, who have restricted or no political rights in the globe. The emphasis will be made also on their relations to Turkey or vice versa.

From Chingiz Khan to 20th Century in Eurasia (2002-03) [164KB]

"The aim of the course is to illustrate geopolitical and historical aspects of Central Asia. To give an idea of main historical changes in the region and to introduce important historical/political institutions which are now shaping contemporary Central Asia."

Heleanor Beth Feltham (Sydney University Centre for Adult Education)

Along the Silk Road: Central Asia; Prehistory to AD 1750 (2001) [115KB]

"Central Asia traditionally sustained two very different modes of life. Pastoral nomads and oasis settlers existed in a delicate balance sustained by trade, both mutual and across the region from the Mediterranean to China. The early historical period saw the Silk Road develop, and the penetration into the region of Chinese, Iranian and Greek cultures. It also saw cyclic waves of nomads impact on the great civilizations beyond the centre."

Peter B. Golden (Rutgers University)

Peoples and Cultures of Central Asia (1999, 2001) [89KB]

"This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the history, ethnology, society and culture of the Turkic, Mongolian, Manchu-Tungus, Tibetan, Uralic and Palaeo-Siberian peoples of Central and Inner Asia from Ancient Times to their conquest by the Russian Empire. Additionally, students will become familiar with the various disciplines and methodologies used to study a variety of sedentary, steppe-pastoral nomadic and forest hunting and gathering societies."

Jonathan Grant (Florida State University)

Central Asia since the Mongols (Spring 2001) [177KB]

"This course covers Central Asian history through three historical epochs: medieval, modern, and contemporary. The political and ethnic histories of the Central Asian peoples will be the main focus. In addition, a major theme will be the inter-play of external and internal forces in shaping the development of a Central Asian region distinct from other regional identities. We will address such topics as the imperial legacies of the Arabs, Mongols, and Russians; the emergence of the modern nations of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Iran and Afghanistan; and the role of Islam in the lives of Central Asians."

Marianne Kamp (Whitman College)

Tribes, States, and Nations in Central Asia (Spring 2000) [157KB]

"In this course we will examine the history and culture of "Central Asia." In this class, "Central Asia" will refer to many places that share a heritage from a Turco-Mongol culture that dominated Asia from the Black Sea to Mongolia in the 13th century. "Central Asia" is a very flexible term, but in this course we will study the history of Mongolia, northwestern China (Xinjiang province), Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and parts of southern Russia. United under Mongol rule (a tribe? a state?) for only a short period, the tribal peoples of Central Asia eventually found that their form of social and political organization could not withstand the growing power of neighboring empires, Russia and China. These empires, in turn, after conquering Central Asia, fostered political nationalism among the Central Asian peoples. We shall investigate the concepts of tribe, state and nation in Central Asia, looking at change and continuity in social and cultural life in periods of dramatic political and economic transformations."

Shoshana Keller (Hamilton College)

The Silk Road: Crossroads of Cultures (Fall 2001) [179KB]

"This new course will explore the historical, cultural, religious, political and economic ties between China and the major states of Central Asia. It will address issues of ethnic and national identities, Islamic social movements, border relations, and foreign exchanges in the wake of the demise of the Soviet Union. Contemporary topics of analysis include cross border trade, environmental conflict, economic development, and regional independence movements."

Adeeb Khalid (Carleton College)

Empires of the Steppe (Spring 2002) [122KB]

"This course provides an introduction to the history of Inner Asia, the vast region that bridges the civilizations of China, the Middle East, and Europe, but which itself has been the center of empires that have shaped and reshaped the history of the Old World. Beginning with the ecological imperatives that shape life in Inner Asia, we will survey the history of the region and its interactions with its neighbors with the emphasis on cultural and political developments from the earliest times to the present."

KOMATSU Hisao (University of Tokyo)

A Modern History of Central Asia (2002) [86KB]

"The course will examine the development of the modern history of Central Asia, taking into account the parallel development in the Middle East and contemporary changes in post-Soviet Central Asia. Major themes will be Islamic resurgence and the rise of national movements in colonial Central Asia, and the interaction between these trends and the Russian revolution. In the end of course the formation of present day Central Asian republics is to be examined."

Anke von Kuegelgen (University of Bern)

Islam in Central Asia and other courses (2002) [293KB]

Syllabi for several courses on Islam and Mediaeval History at the University of Bern.

James Millward (Georgetown University)

The History of Central Eurasia (2001) [247KB]

"Through lectures, primary and secondary readings, class discussion and audio-visual material, this course will survey the ecological, cultural, social and political dynamics of the peoples of Central and Inner Asia (Central Eurasia) from the origins of the steppe-pastoral economy up to the present. Our geographic scope will take in those regions which today comprise Mongolia, Xinjiang (Eastern Turkestan), Tibet and the former Soviet Central Asian Republics, and will venture at times into neighboring zones, including Turkey, Russia, Siberia, Iran, India, Afghanistan, and China. Needless to say, both the time-frame and geographic area under consideration are very great, but this is justified--indeed, required, by the larger purpose of this course: to highlight ways in which Central Eurasia and its peoples have been central to world history. Linking our examination of particular eras and peoples will be an overarching concern with the dynamics of the relationship between the peoples of the steppes and deserts at the core of the Eurasian continent and the sedentary societies around the rim. We will likewise pay close attention to ways in which political, commercial and cultural linkages across the Eurasian steppe connected Europe, Persia, Mesopotamia and China from times predating the opening of direct maritime communications between Europe and Asia."

Jonathan Skaff (Shippensburg University)

China and the Outside World (Spring 2002) [121KB]

"This course investigates China's relations with the outside world during its premodern history. Since China is somewhat isolated from the rest of Eurasia by mountains, deserts, and oceans, historians have tended to assume that Chinese civilization is mostly the product of indigenous developments. This course will challenge this assumption by looking at how China and people outside of its borders have influenced each other."

Political Science

Ertan Efegil (Research Center for Turkestan and Azerbaijan)

Politics of Central Asia (Spring 2002) [119KB]

"This course focuses on the debates about possible characteristics of new world order. Then it deals with geo-strategic importance of the region. It touches upon expectations of the Central Asian states. It heavily examines conflicting policies of the great powers and regional states as well as their attempts to weaken the efforts of other side. It analyzes the concepts of Islam, nationalism, drug trafficking and security. Lastly, it looks at political and economic integration attempts among the Central Asian states."

Henry Hale (Indiana University)

Comparative State-Building in Central Asia and the Caucasus (Spring 1998) [185KB]

"In this course, students will examine critical problems of state-building that each of these states face. Because these problems are most effectively analyzed in comparative perspective, students will first consider the experiences of other countries of the world that have faced similar problems. Then they will examine and compare the recent experiences of the Central Asian and Caucasian states themselves, determining which approaches have led to the greatest success."

Eugene Huskey (Stetson University)

The Unknown Asia: Politics and Society on the Russian, Chinese and Middle Eastern Borderlands (Fall 2000) [140KB]

"The primary focus of the course is on the creation of new states in Central Asia in the wake of communism's collapse. After surveying the cultural, historical, and geographical landscape of the region, the course will analyze in detail the international and domestic factors shaping political and economic development in five countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan and the Turkic regions in Western China will also receive attention."

Gerard Libaridian (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

Ethnicity and Conflict in the Caucasus (Winter 2002) [220KB]

The course will focus on the role of ethnicity in the rise of conflicts in the Caucasus during the last century. It will examine militarized conflicts (such as in Nagorno Karabagh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Chechnya) as well as latent ones (such as in Javakheti, Ajaria, and Daghestan). The evolution of ethnicity and nationalism will be studied in conjunction with the role of religion, class, Russian and Soviet nationalities policies, and more recently, of state-building in independent Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia.

Kelly McMann (Case Western Reserve University)

Politics of Central Asia (Fall 2002) [355KB]

"This course introduces students to the politics of Central Asia, enhancing their ability to evaluate current events. We will focus on the region that is today composed of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan and consider the influences of neighboring countries, such as Afghanistan. After a review of the khanate, tsarist, and Soviet eras, we will explore the following topics: national politics, nationalism, foreign relations, Afghanistan, Islam, gender relations, ethnicity, civic groups, economic legacies, resource wealth, and economic coping."

Neil Melvin (University of Leeds)

The Politics of Contemporary Central Asia (Spring 2001) [360KB]

"With the collapse of the Soviet Union, Central Asia has once again emerged as an important economic, political and cultural region in its own right. Located in a key geo-strategic position between Russia, China, Iran and Turkey and with extensive natural resources (notably oil and gas), in the last decade political developments in and around Central Asia have become particularly important. The main purpose of this course will be to introduce students to the key domestic and regional issues affecting the peoples of the area. The main topics covered in the course concern the historical legacy of the Russian and Soviet regimes, the broad effect of modernisation on the region, the politics and economics of nation and state building in the transition period, the role of traditional forms of politics, the rise of political Islam, and the prospects for democratisation in Central Asia."

Isabel Stanganelli (Universidad de la Paz)

Afganistán y el nuevo orden internacional (Spring 2002) [183KB]

"Que los asistentes puedan: Desarrollar una visión global del proceso histórico hasta la actualidad e identificar los ejes temáticos desde los cuales analizar los aspectos más relevantes del proceso de conformación de los grupos antagónicos en Afganistán. Analizar las singularidades regionales emanadas del sustrato cultural, así como las respuestas nacionales resultantes. Profundizar en las relaciones económicas, sociales y políticas regionales y mundiales de la guerra civil afgana posterior al retiro soviético y como consecuencia de la guerra contra el terrorismo. Estudiar la dinámica de las áreas de influencia de las potencias asiáticas y su posible evolución en relación con la cuestión afgana. Localizar en material cartográfico de la región la evolución del conflicto y las áreas de influencia geopolítica. Diseñar las posibles consecuencias del accionar actual de las comunidad internacional en Afganistán y Asia Central."

David Wilkinson (University of California, Los Angeles)

Afghanistan Background (Spring 2002) [101KB]

"This is a liberal-arts course directed at an audience whose future involvement with Afghanistan may be confined to that of interested observers, but could be much greater, and is in any case now indeterminate. Although as a political science course its prime focus will be politics, and as an IR course its narrower focus will be on Afghanistan as seen by Americans observing the US involvement, it is not designed to require or to create a high degree of specialization. Its aim is to increase students' general knowledge about a specific subject, and in their future ability to enlarge that knowledge."

Keyword Index

Note: This is a very select list of keywords.  If you have other suggested keywords for any of the courses, please let us know at CESWW(a)

Afghanistan (Barfield)

Afghanistan (Rasuly-Paleczek)

Afghanistan (Stanganelli)

Afghanistan (Wilkinson)

Art (Knox-Voina and Abikeyeva)

Inner Mongolia (Atwood)

Caucasus (Libaridian)

China (Gladney and Harwit)

China (Skaff)

Islam (von Kuegelgen)

Islam (Schoeberlein)

Islamic Movements (Abdullaev)

Literature (Knox-Voina and Abikeyeva)

Muslim Societies (Gladney)

National Movements (Abdullaev)

Mongols (Atwood)

Mongols (Weatherford)

Siberia (Knox-Voina and Abikeyeva)

Silk Road (Christian)

Silk Road (Feltham)

Silk Road (Gladney)

Silk Road (Keller)

State-Building (Hale)

Turkic Peoples (Devlet)


Instructor Index

Abdullaev, Kamoludin

Abikeyeva, Gulnara

Atwood, Christopher P.

Barfield, Thomas

Christian, David

Devlet, Nadir

Efegil, Ertan

Feltham, Heleanor Beth

Gladney, Dru C.

Golden, Peter B.

Grant, Jonathan

Hale, Henry

Harwit, Eric

Huskey, Eugene

Kamp, Marianne

Keller, Shoshana

Khalid, Adeeb

Knox-Voina, Jane

Komatsu, Hisao

von Kuegelgen, Anke

Libaridian, Gerard

McMann, Kelly

Melvin, Neil

Millward, James

Nalle, David

Pohl, Michaela

Rasuly-Paleczek, Gabriele

Reeves, Madeleine

Schoeberlein, John

Skaff, Jonathan

Stanganelli, Isabel

Weatherford, Jack

Wilkinson, David



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