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Society and Culture in the Caucasus and Central Asia


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA Arabic, Persian and Turkish Languages and Cultures. MA students from other programmes who want to take this course should contact Prof. Dr. T. Atabaki before the course starts.


The historical span of the course begins with the rise of Islam in the seventh century and the gradual formation of the early Central Asian Empires. The expansion of the Persian, Turkic and Islamic cultures and the subsequent hegemony of Russian colonialism in the mid-nineteenth century will also be the focus of this course. This course provides an overview of basic methodological questions relating to historical analysis and will enable students to develop a better understanding of how the Caucuses and Central Asia contribute to the world history and civilisation.

Course objectives

This course aims to familiarise students with historical developments in the Caucasus and Central Asian addressing all key aspects of socio-political and cultural themes such as ethno-linguistic identities, migration and religion.


This course is (provisionally) scheduled on Wednesdays, 11-13 hs. Timetable

Mode of instruction

Literature seminar.

Assessment method

Will be announced during class.


Not applicable

Reading list

Will be announced during class.


Registration for this course is compulsory.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Contact information

Prof. Dr. T. Atabaki