Mustafa Tuna

Assistant Professor
Russian and Central Eurasian History and Culture


Duke University

Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Department of History

Duke Islamic Studies Center



CV as of 10/03/2011


Mustafa Tuna (Ph.D. 2009, Princeton University) is Assistant Professor of Russian and Central Eurasian History and Culture in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies with a secondary appointment in the Department of History. His research focuses on social and cultural change among the Muslim communities of Central Eurasia, especially the Volga-Urals region and modern Turkey, since the early-nineteenth century. He is particularly interested in identifying the often intertwined roles of Islam, social networks, state or elite interventions, infrastructural changes, and the globalization of European modernity in transforming Muslim communities. He is currently working on his book project tentatively titled Imperial Russia's Muslims: Islam, Empire, and West European Modernity, 1788-1917. Dr. Tuna is married and has two sons.




  • "Kazan Tatar Teachers' School: The Success and Failure of Russification in Late Imperial Russia," in progress.

  • "Madrasa Reform as a Secularizing Process: A View from the Russian Empire," in Comparative Studies in Society and History, 2011 53(3): 540-570.  PDF   Abstract
    COPYRIGHT: Society for the Comparative Study of Society and History 2011

  • "Rusya Muslumanlarinin Modernite ile Karsilasmasi [The Encounter of Russia's Muslims with Modernity]", in Avrasya Konusmalari: Medeniyet, Modernite, Kimlik [Eurasian Conversations: Civilization, Modernity, Identity] edited by Sevinc Alkan Ozcan (Istanbul: Kure Yayinlari, 2010): 111-42.

  • "Gaspirali Ilminskiy'e Karsi: Rusya Imparatorlugu'nun Muslumanlari Icin Iki Kimlik Projesi," in Hakan Kirimli ed. Ismail Bey Gaspirali Icin (Ankara: Kirim Dernegi Yayinlari, 2004): 241-71.

  • "Gaspirali vs. Il'minskii: Two Identity Projects for the Muslims of the Russian Empire," Nationalities Papers. 2002, 30(2): 265-289. PDF
    COPYRIGHT: Association for the Study of Nationalities 2002

  • "Gorusmeler Yoluyla Soykirim" (Genocide by Negotiations), Avrasya Dosyasi: Sirbistan Bosna Hersek Ozel Sayisi, 1996, 3(4): 7-12.