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History of Central Asian Literature

The Central Asian region, former Turkestan, includes the territories of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkic areas of South Siberia, northern Afghanistan, and Iran. The course "History of Central Asian literature" is structured around the literary processes at the regions lying between Siberia on the north; Tibet, India, Afghanistan, and Iran on the south; the Gobi Desert on the east; and the Caspian Sea on the west which religious determination, in spite of rich local pre-Islamic cultural traditions, specified its relationship to the "Muslim Cultural Community". During several introductory discussions we will pay attention to some pre-Islamic literary traditions, folk and authors’ works, which were adopted by Islamic culture and literature to gain a better understanding of the development of the literary processes in the Islamic period. We will focus on Arabic-Persian genre, metrical and image systems of poetry and prose which are peculiar to Middle Eastern Literature as a whole. Reading and discussing of major classic masterpieces created within the framework of Central Asian literature is included.

Credits: 6/3

Course ID: LIT_E_200

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Taught this semester: No

Complies with general requirements: No

Course Type: Elective Course

Language: English