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Central Asia in World History

An NEH Summer Seminar for middle and high school teachers
at the Ohio State University, July 15 - 27, 2012 


About the Institute:  Central Asia in World History will engage teachers in a deeper understanding of how Central Asia has historically functioned as a crossroads of intercultural exchange, connecting the great civilizations on the Eurasian periphery, giving rise to world empires of its own in antiquity and the medieval era, and serving as the playing ground for the Anglo-Russian “Great Game” in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This will be done through expert presentations, analysis of primary material, both narrative and documentary, screenings and discussion of relevant films, immersion in traditional food and music of the region, and the development of unit plans for classroom use.

Philip Huber PhotosPhotography by Philip Huber

Topics to be covered: 

  • Silk Roads and Steppe Empires: An Introduction to Central Asia in World History
  • Inner Asian Nomadic Culture and Society in Historical Perspective
  • The Pastoral Nomadic Way of Life
  • Turks in World History: Emergence to Empire
  • The Rise of Islam in the Central Asian Context
  • The Turkic Migrations in the Middle East
  • Travelers to and from Central Asia and their Accounts
  • Music of the Silk Road Culture: Classical Music of the East
  • Culinary Adventures Along the Silk Road
  • Great Walls and Great Horses: Pastoral Nomads on the Chinese Frontier
  • The Nomadic Advantage: Mongol Conquests in Eurasian Context
  • The Mongol Empire and its Legacy
  • From the Timurid to the Russian Empires: Early Modern Central Asia in World Historical Perspective
  • Russification of the Region
  • Gender and Society in Islamic Central Asia
  • Islam, “Modernity” and Islamic Reform Movements in Central Asian Society
  • Central Asian Islam in the Modern World
  • Central Asia Today: the Creation of Nations

Philip Huber PhotosPhotography by Philip Huber


The best place to go for details of the Institute is the Dear Colleague Letter. For more information contact Kristina Ward, Institute Coordinator, at ward.768@osu.edu or 614-292-3001.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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