SOAS University of London

Centre of Contemporary Central Asia & the Caucasus

Muslims of Central Asia: Between National, Eurasian and Global

Galina M. Yemelianova
Galina M.Yemelianova (Independent Scholar of Eurasian Islam, UK)

Date: 31 January 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 31 January 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4426

Type of Event: Seminar


Galina M. Yemelianova employs a history-based comparative perspective to examine how throughout history various Muslim peoples of present-day Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan have negotiated their distinctively Central Asian Islamic identity in the face of enduring external Islamic and non-Islamic dominations, ethnic nationalisms and, more recently, global transnational Islamic influences. In doing so she approaches Muslim Central Asia as a geographically and culturally self-sufficient entity within the wider Eurasian space. She highlights the particular importance of the common Genghizid, Russian and Soviet socio-economic, political and cultural contexts. 

Speaker Biography

Galina M. Yemelianova researched and taught for over thirty years on various aspects of Middle Eastern and Eurasian history and contemporary Muslim politics. Among her books are Russia and Islam: A Historical Survey (2002), Islam in post-Soviet Russia (2003) and Radical Islam in the former Soviet Union (2010) and Muslims of Central Asia: An Introduction (2019).

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus

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