MELANG 450 - Introductory Central Asian Language I
Fall 2018, Section 002 - Introductory Uyghur I
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Middle East Languages (MELANG)
Department: LSA Middle East Studies
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Uyghur is the native language of over ten million people in Xinjiang and Central Asia. The Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region occupies one sixth of China’s territory (nearly as large as Alaska). Significant communities of Uyghur-speakers are also located in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, and various other countries have Uyghur-speaking expatriate communities.

Learning Uyghur is a gateway to the Turkic world and Central Asia. Non-profits, government, the military, and international companies are all interested in finding people who speak Uyghur. Many students learning Uyghur use the language to explore a region that is still little-known and mysterious to many, yet crucial to China and the region’s future development and stability. The neighborhoods in Xinjiang thrum with a Middle Eastern beat and mosques and minarets grace the skyline. Street vendors offer spices, nuts, and fruits, jeweled knives, richly embroidered caps, or seasoned kebabs and savory Central Asian pilaf.

The class instructor is Gulnisa Nazarova, John D. Soper Senior Lecturer in Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. The class schedule will correspond to the Indiana University Bloomington academic calendar meaning that the course will start on Monday, August 20, 2018. (For the complete IU academic calendar, see:

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Class Format:

This course is offered via live video-conferencing from Indiana University through the BTAA CourseShare program.


MELANG 450 - Introductory Central Asian Language I
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001 (REC)
MTuWTh 8:30AM - 9:25AM
Note: This course is conducted via live video-conferencing with The Ohio State University. The class schedule will follow OSU, with the first class being Tuesday, August 21, 2018. For more information, contact Douglas Northrop at .
002 (REC)
 In Person
MTuWThF 10:10AM - 11:00AM
Note: Note: This course is conducted via live video-conferencing with Indiana University University. The class schedule will follow IU, with the first class being Monday, August 20, 2018. For more information, contact Douglas Northrop at

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