Imperial Russia's Muslims: Islam, Empire and European Modernity, 1788-1914

Mustafa Tuna


Cambridge University Press

Tuna, an assistant professor of Slavic and Eurasian studies, offers an exploration of social and cultural change among the Muslim communities of Central Eurasia from the late 18th century through to the outbreak of the World War I. Drawing from a wealth of Russian and Turkic sources, he surveys the roles of Islam, social networks, state interventions, infrastructural changes and the globalization of European modernity in transforming imperial Russia's oldest Muslim community: the Volga-Ural Muslims.

Shifting between local, imperial and transregional frameworks, Tuna reveals how the Russian state sought to manage Muslim communities, the ways in which both the state and Muslim society were transformed by European modernity, and the extent to which the long 19th century either fused Russia's Muslims and the tsarist state or drew them apart. The book raises questions about imperial governance, diversity, minorities, and Islamic reform, and in doing so proposes a new theoretical model for the study of imperial situations.