• Offered by Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Middle Eastern & Central Asian Studies
  • Areas of interest Arab and Islamic Studies, Non Language Asian Studies, Middle East Studies, Central Asia 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 seventy 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:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Display familiarity with Central Asia as a geographic and cultural entity, and major phases in its historical development.
  2. Reflect on, and discuss the key concepts, themes, and schools of thought pertaining to the orthodoxy and orthopraxy of Islam in Central Asia.
  3. Distinguish various trends in scriptural, mystical, and popular Islam extant in the region.
  4. Analyse the relationship between Islam and politics at the national and regional level.
  5. Locate and collate materials on a topic relevant to Central Asian studies, and present findings in a coherent manner on paper and orally.

Indicative Assessment

4000 word research essay (60%), Learning Outcomes 1-5
Final Examination, 3 hours (held during the formal examination period) (40%), Learning Outcomes 1-5

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or a Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies (Honours), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed MEAS8117.

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

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $2820
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4320
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4634 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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