This course will explore the historical development of Islam in Central Eurasiafrom its origins until the present day. Islam in this region has centuries- long presence and a rich variety of traditions and practices. The aim of this course is to show that Islam in various parts of this larger region - Central Asia, North Caucasus and Transcaucasia, the Crimea, the Kazakh steppe and the Volga-Ural region was not a homogenous, static, and dogmatic creed. Rather, it presents a variety of Muslim identities and practices shaped by specific religious institutions within the context of their particular interaction with the state. The Russian imperial rule made Islam function in a qualitatively different environment, provided a new context for mutual impact of Muslim peoples on each other, transformed old and created new religious institutions which led to religious change. We will analyze Islamic institutions and their relations with state structures as well as the impact this interaction had on the religious authority of the ulama, Islamic law and society.
Section 401 - SEM
TR 1000AM-1130AM