• 03 Apr - 04 Apr 2024
  • Aga Khan Centre
  • Conference

Historical and Contemporary Migrations of Central Asian Muslims: History, Culture and Identity

Map of Caucasus and Central Asia

We are pleased to announce our upcoming conference on Central Asia, a vast geographical area stretching from Western China to Caucasus in the west and from Kazakhstan to Afghanistan in the south. Organised by the Central Asian Studies Unit, the conference aims to bring together scholars from various disciplines to discuss and exchange ideas on a wide range of topics related to the historical and contemporary regional and transnational migrations of Central Asian Muslims.

Migration is a complex, multi-layered, multi-generational, and meta-territorial phenomenon which is triggered and influenced by multiple factors including personal and family decisions, socio-economic and political conditions in the lands of origin and destination, and international rules and regulations. Migration acquires various forms and often leads to the formation of diaspora, with its own case-specific dynamism rooted in the history, contextual realities and culture of the migrant communities. Central Asia has witnessed intense movements of people in the course of history which shaped the cultural composition of Central Asian nations with their dominant Muslim population. In contemporary period the outward migration has become an important characteristic of the developments in the region. The conference aims to explore and analyse the trends, the forms and the transformations experienced by the Central Asian migrant communities in various contexts and their influence on the homeland.

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr Mohamed M. Keshavjee.