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What is a good roadmap for learning Shimura curves?

What's the best way (in your opinion) to learn the theory of Shimura varieties?

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Community wiki? –  Yemon Choi Feb 4 '10 at 19:18
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Duplicate of mathoverflow.net/questions/11219/… ? –  David Speyer Feb 4 '10 at 19:19
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While not identical, it seems close enough not to inspire a separate response from me, at least. –  Pete L. Clark Feb 4 '10 at 19:23
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I think the questions are fairly different, if one is really about Shimura curves and the other really about general Shimura varieties. If I have time in the next day or so, I will try to answer this (asuming it remains open). –  Emerton Feb 4 '10 at 21:34
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The subject of Shimura curves is a very special case of the subject of Shimura varieties; each has it's own focus, range of techniques, etc. Perhaps the question is broad, but I don't think it is any broader than many other questions. The answer to how do I learn about Shimura varieties'' will have very little in common with how do I learn Shimura curves''. Thus I don't understand the judgement of those labelling it an exact duplicate, and have voted to reopen. –  Emerton Feb 5 '10 at 1:51

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