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**Please note: Due to the weather forecast and the anticipation of a thunderstorm later this morning, we have moved today’s classes to Central Library. This course will take place in the Dweck Center’s 2nd Auditorium Conference Room located on the lower level of Central Library. You may access the Dweck Center from the main entrance taking the elevator or stairs down to the lower level or by the side entrance on Eastern Parkway immediately to the left of the main entrance and near the flag pole.

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The region of modern Central Asia was formed in the early decades of the twentieth century. It currently comprises five independent states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and in antiquity included several ethnocultural zones, such as Parthia, Aria, Chorasmia, Bactria, Sogdiana and Scythia. Today after more than a century of wide-ranging studies we know that these civilizations, in addition to their commercial-economic and agricultural orientation, were also heavily culture and religion oriented.

This couse will introduce the geopolitical and historical context of Central Asia through revealing various evidencse related to the spheres of culture and religion.

Barakatullo Ašurov is a visiting scholar at Harvard University in the Near Eastern Languages and Civiliazations Department. His research is best categorized as cultural history, with an interdisciplinary focus between history and culture broadly conceived, including languages and religions of Central Asia with emphasis on ancient Sogdiana in its Iranian and Chinese geopolitical settings. 

In collaboration with Prospect Park Alliance, Brooklyn Public Library presents University Open Air, a free, three-week series of classes beginning Tuesday, June 11th in Prospect Park’s former Rose Garden.

To access the Rose Garden, follow signs through Prospect Park's Grand Army Plaza enterance.  

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