Mustafa Ozgur Tuna

Mustafa Ozgur Tuna

Associate Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

External address: 
316 Languages Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90259, Durham, NC 27708-0259
(919) 660-3154
Office Hours: 
Thursday @ 11:30 am-12:30 pm

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.


  • Ph.D., Princeton University 2008
  • M.A., Princeton University 2004
  • M.A., Indiana University at Indianapolis 2001

Tuna, Mustafa. Imperial Russia's Muslims Islam, Empire and European Modernity, 1788–1914. Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Tuna, Mustafa. “Zapadnaia literatura istorii Tatar 18go-nachala 20go vv. [Western Literature on the History of Kazan Tatars between the Eighteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries].” Istoriia Tatar s Drevneishikh Vremen, edited by Il dus Zagidullin, vol. 6, Institut istorii im. Sh. Mardzhani, 2013.

Tuna, Mustafa. “"Rusya Müslümanlarinin Modernite Ile Karsilasmasi (The Encounter of Russia’s Muslims with Modernity)".” Avrasya Konusmalari: Medeniyet, Modernite, Kimlik (Eurasian Conversations: Civilization, Modernity, Identity), edited by Sevinç Alkan Özcan, Küre Yayinlari, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010.

Tuna, Mustafa. “At the Vanguard of Contemporary Muslim Thought: Reading Said Nursi into the Islamic Tradition.” Journal of Islamic Studies, vol. 28, no. 3, Oxford University Press (OUP), Sept. 2017, pp. 311–40. Crossref, doi:10.1093/jis/etx045. Full Text Open Access Copy

Tuna, Mustafa. “"Pillars of the Nation": The Making of a Russian Muslim Intelligentsia and the Origins of Jadidism.” Kritika: Explorations in Russian and Eurasian History, vol. 18, no. 2, Project Muse, 2017, pp. 257–81. Crossref, doi:10.1353/kri.2017.0018. Full Text Open Access Copy

Tuna, Mustafa. “Gaspirali vs. Il’minskii: Two Identity Projects for the Muslims of the Russian Empire.” Nationalities Papers, vol. 30, 2002, pp. 265–89.

Tuna, Mustafa Özgür. “Görüsmeler Yoluyla Soykirim (Genocide by Negotiations).” Avrasya Dosyasi: Sirbistan Bosna Hersek Özel Sayisi, vol. 3, 1996, pp. 7–12.

Tuna, Mustafa. “Madrasa Reform as a Secularizing Process: a View from the Late Russian Empire.” Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 53, pp. 540–70.