Allen J. Frank


Free-lance scholar


Allen J. Frank is an independent scholar based in Takoma Park, Maryland (USA). He received his Ph.D. in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1994. He has published numerous works devoted to Turkic lexicography and to the Islamic history of the Volga-Ural region, Siberia and Central Asia, with a specialisation on Kazakhstan. His major historical works include Gulag Miracles: Sufism and Stalinist Repression in Kazakhstan (Austrian Academy of Sciences Press), Bukhara and the Muslims of Russia: Sufism, Education and the Paradox of Islamic Prestige (Brill), The Cambridge History of Inner Asia: the Chingisid Era (co-editor), as well as Saduaqas Ghïlmani, Biographies of the Islamic Scholars of Our Times (co-editor, IRCICA) and Qurban-‘Ali Khalidi, An Islamic Biographical Dictionary of the Eastern Kazakh Steppe, 1770-1912 (co-editor, Brill). His major lexicographical works include Turkmen-English Dictionary (co-editor, Dunwoody press).

Publications related to the project’s theme

Allen J. Frank, Gulag Miracles: Sufism and Stalinist Repression in Kazakhstan, Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press, 2019

Saduaqas Ghïlmani, Biographies of the Islamic Scholars of Our Times, ed. Allen J. Frank, Ashirbek Muminov & Aytzhan Nurmanova, 2nd ed., Istanbul: IRCICA, 2018

Allen J. Frank, ‘Some Political Features of Finno-Ugrian and Muslim Hagiolatry in the Volga-Ural Region’, in A. Papas et al., ed., Central Asian Pilgrims: Hajj Routes and Pious Visits between Central Asia and the Hijaz, Berlin: Klaus Schwarz (Islamkundliche Untersuchungen), 2012: 295-311

Allen J. Frank, ‘Qasim Shaykh al-Qazani: A Muslim Saint in Tatar and Bulghar Tradition’, Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques 58/1 (2004): 115-29

Allen J. Frank, ‘The Veneration of Muslim Saints among the Maris of Russia’, Eurasian Studies Yearbook 70 (1998): 79-82

Allen J. Frank, ‘Islamic Shrine Catalogues and Communal Geography in the Volga-Ural Region: 1788-1917’, Journal of Islamic Studies 7/2 (1996): 265-86

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