2nd degree (Master)
Islamic & Middle East Stud.
Dr. Michael Shenkar
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Dr. Shenkar Michael
We shall learn about the unique way of life of nomadic pastoralists in Eurasia in antiquity. We shall get acquainted with diverse cultures of Iranian and Turkic nomads that existed in the Eurasian steppes in the pre-Islamic period.
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
To be acquainted with the various cultures of the ancient Eurasian nomads and their way of life. Ability to deal with primary sources for the period.
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
The Lecturer's exposition of the subject followed by a discussion.
1. Geographical and historical settings.
2. The origins of the Eurasian pastoral nomadism.
3. The genesis of the Scythian culture.
4. Scythians – Masters of the Eurasian steppes.
5. Xiongnu – the first Steppe Empire.
6. Yuezhi, Saka and the first “Migration period”.
7. Sarmatians in the West.
8. The Huns and the Great Migrations.
9. The Rise of the Turks.
10. The Steppes become Turkic.
Khazanov, A.M. (1994), Nomads and the Outside World, Madison.
Sinor, D. (ed.), (1990), The Cambridge History of Early Inner Asia, Cambridge.
Golden, P.B. (1992), An Introduction to the History of the Turkic Peoples, Wiesbaden.
Christian, D. (1998), A History of Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia, Vol. 1: Inner Eurasia from Prehistory to the Mongol Empire, Oxford.
Simpson, St. J. and Pankova, S. (2017), Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia, London.
Additional Reading Material:
See syllabus on Moodle.
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 10 %
Project work 70 %
Assignments 20 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
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