Mustafa Tuna

 Mustafa Tuna
Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian and Central Eurasian History and Culture at Duke University

  Departments of Slavic and Eurasian Studies & History
Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC)
  Duke University Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC)

Office Hours: Thursday 11:30 am-12:30 pm or by appointment
  317 Languages Building

Courses / Publications / Works in Progress / Public Engagement

Mustafa Tuna (Ph.D. 2009, Princeton University) is Andrew W. Mellon Assistant 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 "Critical Perspectives on Empire Series." His second book project, tentatively titled Turkish Republic and Islam in a Comparative Perspective: Transmission and Evolution of Islamic Knowledge and Practices in Republican Turkey and the Soviet Union, investigates the transmission and evolution of Islamic knowledge and practices comparatively in the Turkish and Soviet contexts. Dr. Tuna is married and has two sons.




Imperial Russia's Muslims
  • "At the Vanguard of Contemporary Muslim Thought: Reading Said Nursi into the Islamic Tradition," in Journal of Islamic Studies. 2017 28(3): forthcoming.
    COPYRIGHT: The Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies 2017.  Abstract    PDF of first draft

  • "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 draft
    COPYRIGHT: 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 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.


  • Agnes Kefeli, Becoming Muslim in Imperial Russia: Conversion, Apostasy, and Literacy (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2014).
    reviewed in International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 48(3).

  • Elena I. Campbell, Muslim Question and Russian Imperial Governance (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015). reviewed in Nationalities Papers, online publication November 2015.

  • James Meyer, Turks across Empires: Marketing Muslim Muslim Identity in the Russian-Ottoman Borderlands, 1856-1914 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
    reviewed in
    Russian Review, October 2015, 74(4): 708-09.

Public Engagement