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Utah State University
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Russia, Islam, Muslims, Tatars, Kazakhs, women, food, environment, economics
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About Me

Danielle Ross is an historian of Islam in Russia and the Soviet Union. She has written on the cultural, intellectual and legal history of the Volga Tatars/Kazan Tatars. She is currently researching the history of cattle raising and industrialized meat production in the Kazakh steppe.

Ross previously taught at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan and has worked extensively in archives in Kazan, Orenburg, Ufa, and Almaty. She speaks Russian and Tatar and reads in Osmanli, Chagatai, and classical Arabic.

Recent Publications

Tatar Empire: Kazan’s Muslims and the Making of Imperial Russia (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2020).

Shariʿa in the Russian Empire: The Reach and Limits of Islamic Law in Central Eurasia, 1550-1900, co-edited with Paolo Sartori (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2020)

“Domesticating 1916: The Evolution of Amangeldi Imanov and the Creation of a Foundation Myth for Kazakh SSR, 1916-1939” in The Central Asian Revolt of 1916. eds. Aminat Chokobaeva, Cloé Drieu, Alexander Morrison (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019), pp. 325-53.

“Making Muslim Women Political: Imagining the Wartime Woman in the Russian Muslim Women’s Journal Suyumbika,” Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée (2018), pp. 139-53.

“Muslim Charity Under Russian Rule: Waqf, Sadaqa, and Zakat in Late Imperial Russia” Islamic Law and Society 24 (2017), pp. 77-111.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Russia, Kazakhstan
Expertise by Geography
Expertise by Chronology
17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Capitalism, Economic History, Gender, Religion, Women, World War I