MES300.2 Along the Silk Road: Europe’s Encounters with Turkey and Central Asia (Fall)

From Mozart to Molière and Shakespeare, Europeans have long been both fascinated and frightened by the “Turks.” We  explore Europe’s engagement with the religion, culture, politics, and language of the “Turkish world” – both modern-day Turkey and its predecessor, the Ottoman Empire, and Central Asia. Using a historical, political, and cultural perspective, we examine the European-Turkish encounter over time while also focusing on more recent developments, including the European Union’s complex relationship with Turkey. We also study Turkish-speaking or Turkish-influenced areas such as the Balkans, the Caucuses, and Central Asia. Drawing on the rich and historic Turkish community in Strasbourg, we engage with local stakeholders and diplomatic representatives.

Meets with IRP 300.2.

Department: Middle Eastern Studies

Location: Strasbourg

Semester: Fall

Credits: 3