George Mason University is launching a major new international multidisciplinary scholarly program, the Russian/Soviet Perspectives on Islam Project (RPI). The project, with primary support from the Luce Foundation and the NEH, documents the encounter and evolving relationship between the Orthodox/secular state and the Islamic regions, groups, individuals, and ideologies on the territory of the former Soviet Union and neighboring countries. This set of unique materials illuminates the strategies implemented by the Soviet and Russian state to establish authority and legitimacy among predominantly Muslim populations in Central Asia, the Northern Caucasus and Siberia and to enhance Moscow’s influence internationally with nearby Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Turkey. The digital archive is designed to disseminate these documents to the widest possible scholarly community and general readership.
6:30 pm Cinema Club Film Screening: Litt...
Cinema Club Film Screening: Litt...
Mar 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Directed by Usman Saparov This film “tells an intimate story within the larger historical context of the deportation of ethnic Germans from Turkmenistan to Siberia during the Second World War. Saparov’s historical narrative touches on one[...]
4:30 pm Sergey Abashin – Central Asian M...
Sergey Abashin – Central Asian M...
Apr 4 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Religious radicalization among Central Asian migrants to Russia have raised particular attention in connection with the active recruitment by the “Islamic State” of many people from the region, as well as their participation in a[...]
9:30 am Islamic Education and Knowledge ...
Islamic Education and Knowledge ...
Apr 10 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Islamic Education and Knowledge Transmission in Central Asia April 10, 2017, 9:30am-3:00pm Central Asia Program, IERES George Washington University 1957 E Street, NW, Lindner Commons, Suite 602 9:30am. Session 1. State Institutions, Muftiates and the[...]
6:30 pm Cinema Club Film Screening: “The...
Cinema Club Film Screening: “The...
Apr 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Directed by Rustem Abdrashev “Set in 1949, just before Stalin’s 70th-birthday jubilee, the film centers on Sasha (Dalen Shintemirov), a 9-year-old boy who escapes from a train transporting Jewish refugees from Moscow to Kazakhstan. “Hidden among[...]
6:30 pm Cinema Club Film Screening: “Two...
Cinema Club Film Screening: “Two...
May 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Directed by Byambasuren Davaa “Two Horses presents a stiff look at the crushing after-effects on Mongolian heritage in the years following the Chinese cultural revolution, in which priceless artifacts of music and art were destroyed, including[...]