- Class Number 4523
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
- Dr Kirill Nourzhanov
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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.
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:
- Display familiarity with Central Asia as a geographic and cultural entity, and major phases in its historical development.
- Reflect on, and discuss the key concepts, themes, and schools of thought pertaining to the orthodoxy and orthopraxy of Islam in Central Asia.
- Distinguish various trends in scriptural, mystical, and popular Islam extant in the region.
- Analyse the relationship between Islam and politics at the national and regional level.
- Locate and collate materials on a topic relevant to Central Asian studies, and present findings in a coherent manner on paper and orally.
Whether you are on campus or studying remotely, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.
ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to the Central Asian region. Ethno-demographic characteristics and pre-Islamic belief systems.|
|2||The spread of Islam in Mawarannahr. Arab conquests and patterns of conversion. The ‘Golden Age’ of Islam under the Abbasid Caliphate and the local Samanid dynasty.|
|3||‘High’ Islam: doctrines, norms and institutions sustaining the religion. Sects and schisms.||Essay research progress discussion|
|4||Folk Islam and mysticism. Main Sufi orders in Central Asia.||Essay research progress discussion|
|5||Representing the sacred: Islamic motifs in music and art of Central Asia.||Essay research progress discussion|
|6||Islam and colonialism. Muslim reformism and revivalism. The Jadids and the Qadimis. Islam and the Russian revolution.||Essay research progress discussion|
|7||Surviving the Soviet onslaught: secularism and atheism in Central Asia from Stalin to Gorbachev. Everyday Islam under Soviet rule.||Final formative assessment of the research essay progress|
|8||The rise of Islamic radicalism in the twilight years of the USSR: endogenous and exogenous factors. The beginnings of organised Islamic political activism.||Essay is due by 4pm on April 27|
|9||Piety and faith in post-Soviet Central Asia. Qualitative and quantitative dimensions of the Islamic renaissance.|
|10||Secular state, Muslim society: case studies of government policies on Islam.|
|11||Islamic radicalism and militancy in Central Asia today. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, Hizb ut-Tahrir, and other organisations.|
|12||Central Asia and the global ummah: recent trends and developments.|
|13||Examination period, 2-18 June 2022||3-hour final sit down exam|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assessment Task 1: 5,000 word essay||60 %||27/04/2022||13/05/2022||1,2,3,4|
|Assessment Task 2: A three-hour examination at the end of the semester||40 %||*||*||3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Assessment Task 1: 5,000 word essay
The major research essay:
· Is due no later than 4.00pm Wednesday 27 April 2022 (Week 8).
· Must be on a topic selected from the list to be supplied in Week 2 and published on Wattle.
· Must be 5,000 words in length (± 10% ).
· Will count for 60% of the total course assessment and final mark.
· Will be assessed against one or more of Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, and 4, on (in descending order of importance):
— whether and how well the question is answered;
— whether and how well an argument is presented;
— the factual accuracy of the essay;
— the depth and sophistication of research demonstrated in the essay;
— whether academic conventions have been followed; and
— the technical quality of the essay.
· Must be formatted for ease of reading, i.e. it must:
— be word processed or typed;
— be in a commonly used font, of a size roughly similar to Times 12pt for main text and roughly Times 10pt for footnotes;
— be 1.5-spaced or double-spaced for the main text, and single spaced for the footnotes, bibliography, and any appendices;
— have wide margins left and right; and
— be on standard (A4) sized pages, paginated throughout.
· Must be submitted electronically on Wattle, using the Turnitin protocol on the course site. Essays submitted in any other way may not be received or accepted, unless
an alternative submission means has been previously agreed with the course convener.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 3,4
Assessment Task 2: A three-hour examination at the end of the semester
The final examination:
· Will be held during the First Semester examination period (2-18 June 2022 inclusive). Students must make themselves available to sit the examination at any time
during this period.
· Will be of three hours’ duration plus 15 minutes reading time.
· Will entail answering two questions in a flexible format (could be essay-like, dot-point, poetic, etc,) Advice on the structure and content of the examination will be
provided during tutorials.
· Will count for 40% of the total course assessment and final mark.
· Will be assessed against Learning Outcomes 3 and 4, and will be assessed on (in descending order of importance):
— whether and how well the questions posed are answered;
— whether and how well facts and arguments, as applicable, are presented in the answers;
— the depth and sophistication of knowledge and understanding demonstrated in the examination.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.
The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.
The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.
The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:
- Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
- Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Distribution of grades policy
Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.
Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
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History, politics and international relations of Central Asia
Dr Kirill Nourzhanov