Living Shrines of Uyghur China: Between Art and Document (part II)

Continued from the previous post: Living Shrines of Uyghur China: Between Spirit and Politics

“I wanted the viewer to be the believer, to stand in front of this marker imbued with so much faith and have an intimate experience”—Lisa Ross, Photographer
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"The Steppe and the Sown": European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) Biennial Conference 2013

 

Conference participants discuss the first day panels during the conference dinner.
Conference participants discuss the first day panels during the conference dinner.

From August 4th to the 7th, Nazarbayev University in Astana hosted the European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) XIII Biennial conference with “The Steppe and the Sown” theme. The conference was dedicated to the study and image of both pastoral nomadic and sedentary lifestyles and heritage as well as the complexities between the two.  Continue reading "The Steppe and the Sown": European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS) Biennial Conference 2013

Nathan Spannaus’ Dissertation on Abu Nasr al-Qursaw

Nathan Spannaus, Islamic Thought and Revivalism in the Russian Empire: an Intellectual Biography of Abu Nasr Qursawi (1776-1812). PhD Thesis. McGill University, Montreal, 2012. 275 p. The history of Muslim communities of Inner Russia is now in the focus of international scholarship. Not only are scholars publishing and translating Arabic-script written sources, but they are also preparing fundamental monographs involving a careful discussion of various aspects of the social history of Islam in Russia.[1]  Continue reading Nathan Spannaus’ Dissertation on Abu Nasr al-Qursaw

NATO and Russia: Reconciling Interests in the Caucasus and Central Asia?

About 70 policy-makers, diplomats, academics, experts and students from all over the North Caucasus Federal District – as well as Moscow, Brussels and Berlin – visited the city of Pyatigorsk June 6-8, 2013 for the conference, “New Challenges to Regional Security” organized by the NATO Information Office in Moscow and Pyatigorsk State Linguistic University.  Continue reading NATO and Russia: Reconciling Interests in the Caucasus and Central Asia?

Living Shrines of Uyghur China: Between Spirit and Politics (part I)

“The history of the shrine is less important than its current function: many of the shrines’ actual histories and religious initiations have been forgotten over time. It is through a specific function that shrines derive their real meaning for the people who visit them.”—Rahila Dawut, Uyghur Ethnographer
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