Between Muslim Anticlericalism and Soviet Atheism: Islam in Uzbekistan’s Cultural Revolution, 1917-1932

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Stiteler Hall, Room B26, 37th Street between Walnut Street & Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

The upheavals associated with the Russian revolution ushered in a period of cultural radicalism in Central Asia which, among other things, redefined the place of Islam in society. This talk will examine the various impulses that drove this change and find the boundary between reform and revolution to be very porous indeed.

Adeeb Khalid is the Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor of Asian Studies and History professor of history at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. His research focuses primarily on the Muslim societies of Central Asia after the Russian conquest of the 19th century. He is the author of The Politics of Muslim Cultural Reform: Jadidism in Central Asia (University of California Press, 1998) and Islam after Communism: Religion and Politics in Central Asia (University of California Press, 2007). Currently, he is finishing a book on Central Asia in the early Soviet period.

Presented by the Middle East Center, Department of History, and Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures

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