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Edward Lazzerini :: Faculty

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Academic Specialist, Central Eurasian Studies
Director, Denis Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies
Director, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center
Adjunct Professor, Department of History
Affiliate, Russian and East European Institute
Affiliate, East Asian Studies Center
Affiliate, Islamic Studies Program

Office: School of Global & International Studies 3006
Phone: (812) 856-0671
E-mail: elazzeri


Ph.D. at University of Washington, 1973

Research Interests

Personal Statement

Much of my research continues to focus on the relationship between belief and knowledge in Eurasian commentary traditions—principally within the framework of the Russian Empire—and the impact of modernity on those traditions. Of particular interest is the fate of Islam as adhered to by Turkic peoples in the Volga-Kama, Black Sea, and Caucasus regions between the mid-eighteenth and early twentieth centuries. Four current projects reflect these themes:

In recent years, I have initiated projects that take advantage of the opportunities—afforded by the revolution in personal computing—to handle large data sets more efficiently, rapidly, and flexibly than previously possible for individual researchers. These projects include

Courses Recently Taught

Publication Highlights

"K voprosu o poiavlenii fenomena dzhadidzma," Istoriia Tatar, Vol. 6. Ed. by Il'dus Zagidullin (Kazan': Izd. "Rukhiiat," in press)

"Tsarist Russian Administration and Socio-Economic Change (1884-1917): The Governates General." Cambridge History of Modern Central Asia. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, in press.

The Supplement to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet, and Eurasian History, vols. 2-3 (Gulf Breeze, FL: American International Press, 1997-2000).

The Chinese Revolution (Westport: Greenwood, 1999).

Russia’s Orient: Imperial Borderlands and Peoples, 1700-1917, edited with Daniel Brower (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1997).

“The Volga Tatars in Central Asia, 18th-20th Centuries: From Diaspora to Hegemony,” in Central Asia in Historical Perspecrtive. Ed. by Beatrice F. Manz (Boulder: Westview Press, 1994), 82-100.

“Defining the Orient: A Nineteenth-Century Russo-Tatar Polemic over Identity and Cultural Representation,” in Muslim Communities Reemerge: Historical Perspectives on Nationality, Politics, and Opposition in the Former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. Ed. by Andreas Kappeler, et al. (Durham: Duke University Press, 1994), 33-45.

“Beyond Renewal: The Jadid Response to Pressure for Change in the Modern Age,” in Muslims of Central Asia: Expressions of Identity and Change. Ed. by Jo-Ann Gross (Durham: Duke University Press, 1992), 151-166.

“Ismail Bey Gasprinskii, the Discourse of Modernism, and the Russians,” in Tatars of the Crimea: Their Struggle for Survival. Ed. Edward Allworth (Durham: Duke University Press, 1988, 149-169.

Honors and Awards