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Islamization in Inner Asia
CEUS-R 314/514
Devin DeWeese

This course carries CASE A&H & CASE GCC designations

This course will examine the process of Islamization in Inner Asian history, in an effort to understand the distinctive character of Islam in the regions of Inner Asia in which it became a major, or dominant, religio-cultural force.  Introductory lectures will consider approaches to religious change and "conversion," and will outline the geographic, ethnic, and political contexts in which Islamization occurred in Inner Asia; the balance of the course will focus on specific historical and regional cases of Islamization, examined from a variety of perspectives, with emphasis upon interpreting indigenous accounts of the process and its significance in the light of both Islamic and Inner Asian patterns of religious meaning and ritual.

Required texts and materials

Required readings will be provided in a course packet or on reserve at the Main Library; a supplementary bibliography will be supplied.


Undergraduates will take a midterm (30%) and a final exam (40%) and will write a brief report based on outside readings (30%).  Graduate students will take both exams (30%, 40%) and submit a research paper or other suitable project to be approved by the instructor (30%).  Reports and papers are due Friday, December 2; all students are urged to familiarize themselves with the bibliography and with the subject matter of the course readings well ahead of the scheduled assignments in order to develop a topic and begin work on reports and papers as early as possible to facilitate completion by the due date.