Mustafa O. Tuna, Associate Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Assistant Professor of History

Mustafa O. Tuna

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 "Critical 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.

Office Location:  316 Languages Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3154
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://people.duke.edu/~mt125/

Teaching (Spring 2018):

Office Hours:

Thursday @ 11:30 am-12:30 pm
Education:

PhDPrinceton University2009
Ph.D.Princeton University2008
M.A.Princeton University2004
M.A.Indiana University at Indianapolis2001
B.A. (International Relations) ValedictorianBilkent University, Turkey1998
Specialties:

European and Russia
African, Middle East and Asia
Global Transnational History
Comparative Colonial Studies
Politics, Public Life and Governance
Research Interests: Turkic and Muslim peoples of Central Eurasia

Current projects: Imperial Russia’s Muslims: Islam, Empire, and European Modernity in the Volga-Ural Heartland, 1788-1917., “Kazan Tatar Teachers’ School: The Successful Failure of Russification in Late Imperial Russia.” Under review., “Empire Gone Astray: the Story of Nikolai Ivanovich Il’minskii and His Followers.”, “Another Turkish Modernization: Response of the Grassroots.”

Mustafa Tuna's 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.

Areas of Interest:

Turkic and Muslim peoples of the Russian empire and the Soviet Union
Islam and modernity
Empire as a subject of historical analysis
Networks as a subject and instrument of historical analysis
Russian empire and the Soviet Union
Late Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey
The survival and transformation of Islamic tradition in Republican Turkey
Jewish experience in major empires

Keywords:

Eurasia • Islam and science • Islam and secularism • Muslim Dialectical Theology • Muslim diaspora • Muslim educators • Muslim Intellectual History • Russian Empire • Turkish Republic

Recent Publications

  1. Tuna, M, At the Vanguard of Contemporary Muslim Thought: Reading Said Nursi into the Islamic Tradition, Journal of Islamic Studies, vol. 28 no. 3 (September, 2017), pp. 311-340 [doi]
  2. Tuna, M, "Pillars of the Nation": The Making of a Russian Muslim Intelligentsia and the Origins of Jadidism, Kritika, vol. 18 no. 2 (2017), pp. 257-281 [doi]
  3. Tuna, M, Imperial Russia's Muslims Islam, Empire and European Modernity, 1788–1914 (May, 2015), Cambridge University Press, ISBN 131638103X  [abs]
  4. Tuna, M, Madrasa Reform as a Secularizing Process: a View from the Late Russian Empire, Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 53 no. 3 (Summer, 2011), pp. 540-70
  5. Tuna, M, Zapadnaia literatura istorii Tatar 18go-nachala 20go vv. [Western Literature on the History of Kazan Tatars between the Eighteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries], in Istoriia Tatar s drevneishikh vremen, edited by Zagidullin, ID, vol. 6 (2013), Institut istorii im. Sh. Mardzhani  [abs]