MUSLIM Population of the Soviet Union in 1979 - before it broke up. Click on the map twice to enlarge it.
This one credit mini-course Muslims in a Global Context is part of a series organized by regions around the world based on their role on the world stage, their importance within the Muslim world, and the critical influence they play in the global community. The series and course seeks to illuminate the various perspectives of the Muslim Community around the world. Drawing upon the expertise and research of participating faculty from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh and our partners at institutions around the world, the mini course series seeks to have students gain understanding of the religious, culture, economics and political influences of Muslims in a global context.
At the end of the course, students will:
1. Gain an understanding of history, governance, economics, law, gender education and political dimensions of the peoples and regions focused for each mini course.
2. Explore one of these factors in depth, through a research paper.
Textbook: Engaging the Muslim World by Juan Cole, published in 2009 by St, Martens Press.
Description: The Muslims in the Global Context series offers the opportunity to examine the factors and trends that are having major impacts on these diverse regions and their relationships with other world regions and countries. The mini-courses consist of presentations on topics of critical importance to the understanding of Muslims in diverse regions of the world. In addition to attendance at all lectures, students enrolled for credit are required to develop and write a research paper on one of the themes of the mini-course and answer reflection prompts during the course. One- credit/ 3 units for CMU students is provided for the completion of each mini-course.
Assessment: Due to the immersive nature of the course, students are expected to attend all sessions on all three days. Further, each student will be required to read the assigned book and develop a research paper on one dimension of Muslims in a global context that has been introduced in class. The paper should be based on one of the topics covered in the course. The length of the research paper will be 5-10 pages, double spaced in 11 point font. Research papers are due by Wednesday, April 16, 2014 and should be submitted through the University of Pittsburgh's dnesday, April 16, 2014 and should be submitted through the University of Pittsburgh's Courseweb or Carnegie Mellon's Blackboard assignment tab for the course.
Audit Option: Carnegie Mellon students may also audit the course by attending all the sessions, but not writing the paper. You should be sure to process an audit form, both if you are auditing from the beginning or later if you have decided not to do a paper and want your status changed from credit to audit. Once the course has started students will be graded based on how they signed up for the course. University of Pittsburgh students must take the course for a letter grade. Students who wish to attend without earning credit may do so my registering as a community member.
CMU Students: May visit Hillman Library's service desk on the ground floor to get a temporary logon. It will permit you to access our ebooks and databases while in Hillman Library.
Pitt affliates: Should be able to access all material from on campus or remotely. Our Ezproxy server will prompt you to log in from with your email user name and password when you access paid licensed content (databases and ebooks).
Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center, Political Science Department and the Center for Russian and East European Studies, and Carnegie Mellon University's Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs.
Muslims are a large percentage of the population of most Central Asian countries. The heaviest concentrations of Muslims in this area are found in Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. The percentage of Muslim population of the Central Asian countries is :
Although these countries share a common Soviet history, climate and weather related problems, the do differ politically, socially, economically, and culturally. This guide includes both general resources and by country resources of external web resources. Individual country pages include links to general history and culture related websites, as well as news resources and official government websites.
Click on the country's name link above, or select from the drop-down menu under the tabs above
These LibGuides in the University of Pittsburgh library system provide additional web based resources for your research:
CMU students may visit Hillman Library's service desk on the ground floor to get a temporary logon. It will permit you to access our ebooks and databases while in Hillman Library.
Pitt affliates should be able to access all material from on campus or remotely. Our Ezproxy server will prompt you to log in from with your email user name and password when you access paid licensed content (databases and ebooks).
This research guide was created by Lois Kepes with the assistance of Dawnlyn Diehl, MLIS Graduate Intern at Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh in 2012 through 2014 Dawnlyn also researched and developed the country pages and the Muslims Journeys page.
Tentative Schedule (Updated on 2/11/2014)
Friday, March 21, 2014 5:00 pm- 9:15 pm5:00 pm – 5:15 pm Introductions and Welcome5:15 pm - 6;15 pm Jennifer Murtazashvili , "Central Asia and its Neighbors"
Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:30 am – 6:15 pm8:30 am - 9:45 am Scott Levi, "Islam in Precolonial Central Asia" 9:45 am - 10:00 am Break10:00 am - 11:15 am Ali Igmen, "The Nuances of Islamic Practice under Communism in Central Asia" 11:15 am - 11:30 pm Break11:30 am - 12:45 pm John Heathershaw, "Political Islam and Internal Politics in Former Soviet Central Asia" 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Eric McGlinchey, "Hands Off! Property Rights and Predatory Central Asian Studies"
Sunday, March 23, 2014 9:00 am - 1:15 pm9:00 am - 10:15 am Noor Bobieva, "Gender and Social Change in Central Asia: Women Encounter Development"
Sponsored by: University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies Center and Political Science Department and Carnegie Mellon University's Office of the Provost and Division of Student Affairs