Muslims, society, and authority in Russian Empire and USSR: The Caucasus
- Upon completion of this course, students will know basic concepts and theories of Islamic and Russian studies and use them while analyzing social and religious issues in Russia’s Caucasus;
- Upon completion of this course, students will know basic concepts and theories of Islamic and Russian studies and use them while analyzing social and religious issues in Russia’s Caucasus; evaluate the impact of the Empire and Soviet Communism on the development of Muslim societies in modern Caucasus; be able to analyze broader key problems of global history of empires including interdisciplinary fields of postcolonial studies, imaginative geography and historical anthropology on the Caucasian data.
- evaluate the impact of the Empire and Soviet Communism on the development of Muslim societies in modern Caucasus;
- be able to analyze broader key problems of global history of empires including interdisciplinary fields of postcolonial studies, imaginative geography and historical anthropology on the Caucasian data.
- Students are required to identify different views in disputes of Islam and its reforming in post-Soviet Caucasus
- Students are required to know diverse narratives of the Russian conquest of the Caucasus. They must be able to analyze historical sources and literature on Muslim resistance critically.
- Students must evaluate regional particularities of the Soviet modernization in the region, and be able to analyze its effects
- Students must know aspects and stages of mental mapping of Islam in Russia’s Caucasus, and explain its importance for modern history of Muslim societies in the region
- Students must know reference literature on the topic, and be able to analyze primary sources correspondently
- Students must know the systems of indirect and direct colonial rule in the Caucasus, and be able to compare them with similar regimes in Russia and abroad
- Students must prove their knowledge of post-colonial studies in the region, and analyze cultural consequences of colonialism
- Students must prove their knowledge of principal reference works, and critically evaluate contribution of this key literature in the development of Islamic and Caucasus studies
- Students should be able to characterize re-Islamization of the region basing on sources discussed in the class
- Unit 1. Approaches to and views of Islam in Russia’s Caucasus revised following the Archival revolution in the 1990s
- Unit 2. Mental mapping of Muslim Caucasus in tsarist and Soviet Russia
- Unit 3. Muslim resistance in (post-)colonial political imagination
- Unit 4. Imperial governance of Muslim “aliens” in the inner North Caucasian frontier of tsarist Russia
- Unit 5. Orientalism in Russia’s Caucasus
- Unit 6. Caucasus Muslims in Soviet modernization and nation-building
- Unit 7. Sacred sites (ziyarat) in cultural memory and political imagination
- Unit 8. Islamic practices in a Soviet kolkhoz
- Unit 9. Islamic “revival” in the context of post-Soviet desecularization
- Unit 10. Rise and decline of jihadism in nowadays Caucasus
- Unit 0. On-line course
- Attendance and participation in classroom discussions
- Paper Review
- Class presentation
- Final EssayIf student plagiarize, fails to submit a take home final essay or her/his essay is eventually rated as insufficient (grades 0–3), she/he has a make-up exam to be admitted to other examinations.
- 2021/2022 2nd module0.15 * Class presentation + 0.55 * Final Essay + 0.15 * Attendance and participation in classroom discussions + 0.15 * Paper Review
- Bobrovnikov, V. (2007). The “Islamic Revival” in Daghestan Twenty Years Later. Central Asia and the Caucasus, 2 (44).
- Charles King. (2008). The Ghost of Freedom : A History of the Caucasus. Oxford University Press.
- Kemper, M. (2009). Studying Islam in the Soviet Union. Amsterdam University Press.
- Saroyan, M., & Walker, E. W. (1997). Minorities, Mullahs and Modernity: Reshaping Community in the Former Soviet Union. eScholarship, University of California.
- Abashin, S. (2004). Gellner, “Descendants of Saints”, and Central Asia: Between Islam and Nationalism. Ab Imperio, 3, 535–562.
- Michael Kemper, & Stephan Conermann. (2011). The Heritage of Soviet Oriental Studies. Routledge.