Mustafa Tuna (Ph.D. 2009, Princeton University) is Associate Professor of
Russian and Central Eurasian History and Culture in the Departments of
Slavic and Eurasian Studies & History at Duke University and is affiliated
with the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Duke Middle East Studies
Center. His research focuses on social and cultural change among the Muslim
communities of Central Eurasia, especially Russia's Volga-Ural region,
Central Asia, 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 published by Cambridge University
Press in the
Perspectives on Empire Series."
His second book project, titled
Said Nursi's Path of Light: Faith, Practice, and
Spirituality in the Works of a Twentieth-Century Scholar of Islam,
aims to establish the relevance of the teachings of Said Nursi (1878-1960),
a Kurdish scholar of Islam from Turkey, in negotiating the changing modern
world's challenges for Islam and Muslims. He also
investigates the transmission and evolution of Islamic knowledge and
practices comparatively in the Turkish and Soviet contexts in preparation
for a third monograph. Dr. Tuna is married and has two sons.
(the page includes student reporting on events related to Turkey in
Between Moscow, Beijing, and Delhi:
Narratives of Europe and Asia
(the page includes several student projects in an online exhibit)
Minorities of the Russian and Soviet Empires
Social Engineering and Social Movements in
Eastern Europe and Asia
(the page includes student projects addressing social problems in
Eastern Europe and Asia)
Illiberal Nondemocracies: Focus on Eastern
Europe and Asia
Tatar Teachers’ School: A Globally Entangled Node in Late Imperial
Russia." In Past and Present. 2019, 245(1): 153-185.
"The Missing Turkish Revolution: Comparing Village-Level Change and
Continuity in Republican Turkey and Soviet Central Asia, 1920-1950," in
International Journal of Middle East Studies,
the Vanguard of Contemporary Muslim Thought: Reading Said Nursi into the
Islamic Tradition," in
Journal of Islamic Studies.
2017 28(3): 311-40.
of first draft. COPYRIGHT: The Oxford Centre for
Islamic Studies 2017.
"Pillars of the Nation: The Making of a Russian Muslim Intelligentsia
and the Origins of Jadidism,"
Kritika, 2017 18(2): 257-81.
PDF of first
Kritika: Explorations in Russian & Eurasian History 2017
"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
Comparative Studies in Society and
2011 53(3): 540-570.
Society for the Comparative Study of Society and History 2011.
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):
"Gaspirali vs. Il'minskii: Two Identity Projects for the Muslims of the
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.
Victoria Clement. Learning to Become Turkmen: Literacy, Language, and
Power, 1914-2014. (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press,
2018). Reviewed for Slavic Review, 2019 78(2): 563-64.
Charles Steinwedel. Threads of Empire: Loyalty and Tsarist Authority
in Bashkiria, 1552-1917. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press,
2016). Reviewed for Kritika:
Explorations in Russian & Eurasian History,
2018 19(2): 454-59.
Eileen Kane, Russian Hajj: Empire and the Pilgrimage to Mecca,
(Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2015). Reviewed for
Canadian-American Slavic Studies 2017 (51).
Agnes Kefeli, Becoming Muslim in Imperial Russia: Conversion,
Apostasy, and Literacy (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014).
Reviewed for International Journal of Middle East Studies, 2016
Elena I. Campbell, Muslim Question and
Russian Imperial Governance (Bloomington: Indiana University Press,
2015). Reviewed for Nationalities Papers, online publication
James H. Meyer, Turks across Empires:
Marketing Muslim Identity in the Russian-Ottoman Borderlands, 1856-1914
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014). Reviewed for Russian Review,
October 2015, 74(4):708-09.