By the late nineteenth century "Christian" Russia ruled more Muslims than the neighboring "Muslim" Ottoman Empire. This was the result of centuries of steady colonial expansion, much of it at Ottoman and Persian expense. How did Russia manage and govern its large Muslim populations? This lecture explores this question through the story of how and why Russia came to sponsor the hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
A lunch seminar, "Cross-Regional History: What is it, how do we do it, and why do we need it?," will also be held with Prof. Kane on Friday, 7 October from 12-1 pm in Keene-Flint 05.
This speaker series is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (Rothman Endowment), the History Department, International Studies Center, Center for Global Islamic Studies, Office of Research, Department of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
200 Walker Hall
P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611