• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies

This course explores the historical, political, social and cultural aspects of the evolution of Islam in Central Asia from the 8th century CE to the present.  It investigates the reasons and mechanisms of Islam's expansion in the region as well as its dynamic interactions with local religious traditions and ways of life. Rather than reducing Islam to a homogenous, static, and dogmatic creed, the course analyses diverse Muslim identities and practices across time and space, and how different communities of believers have adapted Islam's common patterns and denominators to survive in the frequently challenging environment.

The course applies historical, anthropological, and political science perspectives to provide insights into Islam's common framework, and the complexity and fluidity of Central Asian religious identities within this framework. By the end of the semester, students should be able to appreciate how sixty million Muslims in Central Asia follow their faith in terms of ritual, intellectual discourse, politics, and daily life.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Students will acquire expertise in the doctrines, rituals, customs, and artistic representations of diverse Muslim communities in Central Asia. They will be able to discern common patterns and localised varities within the political, social, and legal framework of Islam. Ideally, they would develop a critical and nuanced view of religion at loggerheads with the Orientalist and essentialist portrayal of Islam as a homogenous, stagnant, and universally threatening enttiy.

The course strives to enhance students' general writing and analytical ability.

Indicative Assessment

5000 word essay (60%) and 3-hour exam (40%)

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 24 hours of seminars; and b) 106 hours of online activities, practice exercises, readings and assessment.

Requisite and Incompatibility

Incompatible with EMSC4117

Preliminary Reading

Lyudmila Polonskaya and Alexei Malashenko, Islam in Central Asia. Reading: Ithaca Press, 1994.

Maria Elisabeth Louw, Everyday Islam in post-Soviet Central Asia. London; New York: Routledge, 2007.

Fees

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Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4184 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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