Mustafa Tuna

Andrew W. Mellon
Assistant Professor of Russian and Central Eurasian History and Culture

  Duke University
  Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
  Department of History
  Duke Islamic Studies Center

Office Hours:
Thursday 11:30-12:30 or by appointment

  CV as of 06/29/2015

Mustafa Tuna (Ph.D. 2009, Princeton University) is
Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian and Central Eurasian History and Culture in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke University with secondary appointments in the Department of History and Duke Islamic Studies Center. His research focuses on social and cultural change among the Muslim communities of Central Eurasia, especially Russia's Volga-Ural 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. His first book, titled Imperial Russia's Muslims: Islam, Empire, and European Modernity, 1788-1917, is under contract with Cambridge University Press to be published in the "Critical Perspectives on Empire Series." And his second book project investigates the transmission and evolution of Islamic knowledge and practices comparatively in the Ottoman/Turkish and Tsarist/Soviet cases. Dr. Tuna is married and has two sons.


Courses / Publications / Works in Progress / Media



Imperial Russia's Muslims
  • "Zapadnaia literatura istorii Tatar 18go- nachala 20go vv. [Western Literature on the History of Kazan Tatars between the Eighteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries]." In Il'dus Zagidullin ed. Istoriia Tatar s drevneishikh vremen, vol. 6. Kazan: Institut istorii im. Sh. Mardzhani, 2013.

  • "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
    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.

Works in Progress

  • Transmission and Evolution of Islamic Knowledge and Practices in Republican Turkey and the Soviet Union

  • "A Russian Muslim Intelligentsia: Volga-Ural Muslim Intellectuals in the Russian Imperial Context," in progress

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

  • "Responding to Their Times: A Comparison of Said Nursi's Reading of the 'Book of the Universe' and Ghazālī's 'Contemplation of God's Creation," in progress.