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Russia’s First Muslims and the Conceptualization of Modernity (Jadidism)

Thu, Apr 18, 12:00 pm
Center for the Study of the Middle East | Conference Room

The Center for the Study of the Middle East invites you to attend

a lecture featuring keynote speaker

Professor Edward Lazzerini

“Russia’s First Muslims and the Conceptualization of Modernity (Jadidism)”

12:00 noon, Thursday, April 18th

Center for the Study of the Middle East | Conference Room

Refreshments will be served.

Dr. Lazzerini’s research has long focused on the relationship between belief and knowledge in Eurasian commentary traditions and the impact of modernity on those traditions among the Islamic communities in the Volga-Kama region of the Russian Empire between the mid-18th and early 20th centuries. He is nearing completion of a monograph that examines the path by which Tatars and Bashkirs—adherents of the Islamic canon—gradually succumb to the epistemological revolution sweeping from Europe to Russia and beyond and abandoned their most cherished traditions and practices in the name of modernity. His talk is drawn from his forthcoming monograph.

Dr. Lazzerini is Professor of Turkic history in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Director of the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Director of the Denis Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, Adjunct Professor of History, and Affiliate of the Russian and East European Institute, East Asian Studies Center, and the Islamic Studies Program. He is currently serving as Executive Secretary of the Central Eurasian Studies Society, the preeminent international professional organization for the Central Eurasian region.