ONLINE CLASS: A Journey through Central Asia via Literature (22114)

Four Mondays: September: 19 and October 10, 17 and 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET Online

Price: 
$150.00 Per Person (10% off for members)

Central Asia is the heart of the famous Silk Road with ancient civilizations that got caught up in the post WWII cold war to becoming a part of the Soviet Union. After 1989 and the fall of the Berlin wall, Central Asia became home to some of the most unusual modern dictators in the continent. It is a fascinating, and unknown destination that is full of secrets and an intriguing history. It is a region, however, filled with complexity, not only historically but also ethnically, and, to understand all this intricacy; we will attempt to uncover and clarify some of these layers through reading several books by observers, historians, and locals. Our link to the region with the Middle East is Islam, and how it spread in the 8th century as a part of Arab conquest and then survived under Soviet severe restrictions. The Sunni branch of Islam is the most widely practiced religion in Central Asia with small pockets of Shiism. We will be reading and discussing issues relating to politics, history, society especially women, and culture in Central Asia.

Four Mondays: September: 19 and October 10, 17 and 31 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET Online

1. 19th September: The Lost Heart of Asia by Colin Thubron (9780061577673)

2. 10th October: Back to Bukhara by Shahzoda Samarqandi (9789492675118) Uzbekistan

3. 17th October: The Disobedient Wife by Annika Milisic-Stanley(9781909077829) Tajikistan

4. 31st October: Joe & Azat (Paperback – November 1, 2009) by Jesse Lonergan (9781561635702) Turkmenistan

Required Books:

The Lost Heart of Asia by Colin Thubron (9780061577673)

Back to Bukhara by Shahzoda Samarqandi (9789492675118)

The Disobedient Wife by Annika Milisic-Stanley(9781909077829)

Joe & Azat (Paperback – November 1, 2009) by Jesse Lonergan (9781561635702)

Heba F. El-Shazli is an Egyptian-American and an avid lover and reader of literature from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She is an associate professor of political science at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Master’s Degree Program at the Center for Democracy and Civil Society. Heba teaches courses on governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and politics, international relations, and the role of civil society and social movements in democratization. She has a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) with a specialization in Governance and International Affairs from Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs and a Master’s degree from Georgetown University. She was the Director of MENA programs at the Solidarity Center (2004-2011) and the Deputy MENA Regional Director at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) from 2001 until 2004. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (www.cfr.org)

Shahnoza Nozimova, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. Her research explores state and society relations in Central Asia, particularly the intersection of gender, Islam, and nation-building. She has published articles in various academic journals. Shahnoza contributed a chapter titled, “Hijab in a Changing Tajik Society” to a book edited by Marlene Laruelle titled: Being Muslim in Central Asia - Practices, Politics, and Identities (2018). She has received MA in Politics and Security from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek. Previously, Shahnoza has taught at the American University of Central Asia and worked with various international organizations in Tajikistan.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

The Lost Heart of Asia By Colin Thubron Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061577673
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 1st, 2008

Back to Bukhara By Shahzoda Nazarova Samarqandi Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9789492675118
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Amazon Digital Services LLC - KDP Print US - October 1st, 2020

The Disobedient Wife By Annika Milisic-Stanley Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781909077829
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Cinnamon Press - February 20th, 2016

Joe & Azat By Jesse Lonergan Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781561635702
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: NBM Publishing - November 1st, 2009