Stéphane A. Dudoignon


Research Professor, CNRS/GSRL


A former Research Fellow at the French Institute of Central Asian Studies, the Institute of History of Kazan and the Universities of Tokyo, Amsterdam, Heidelberg and Stanford, Stéphane A. Dudoignon, is CNRS Research Professor at GSRL (Group Societies, Religions and Secularities), a Combined Research Unit of CNRS and EPHE, Paris. Since 1994, he has conceived and managed fourteen collaborative research projects, mostly published in the form of collective monographs. Among them: twelve short-term projects permitted by small and medium grants (from, among others, the CNRS, the EHESS, the JSPS, the Japanese Ministry of Education, the European Science Foundation, PSL University and the TEPSIS Programme of Excellence). In 2009–13, Dudoignon was also Co-Director of the project ‘Allah’s Kolkhozes: Migration, De-Stalinisation, Privatisation and the New Muslim Congregations in the Soviet Realms (1950s–2000s)’, funded by the Volkswagen Foundation; in 2009–14, Co-Director of the collaborative project ‘The Heritage of Soviet Oriental Studies’, supported by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), Amsterdam. From 2000 to 2020, he has been holding lecture series at EHESS, Paris, notably at the Institute for the Study on Islam and Muslim Societies (IISMM), and, since 2020, a permanent Central Eurasian Workshop at EPHE, Paris. His Habilitation Work, presented in 2015, was published under the title The Baluch, Sunnism and the State in Iran: From Local to Global, London: Hurst – New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Beyond the diversity of their respective financings and perimeters, these projects have responded to two preoccupations. One is the development of interregional comparative and pluridisciplinary research on the socioeconomic dimensions of Islam in modern frontier societies characterised by political domination, colonial exploitation and massive demographic and socioeconomic change (with peculiar interest in Uzbek and Tajik societies and in the Baloch world). This is why Dudoignon has recently developed the project ‘Tribes & Scribes: Tribal and Religious Leadership and Mobilisation in the Middle East and Central Asia, since WWI’, supported in 2018–20 by PSL University and the TEPSIS Programme of Excellence. The second of these preoccupations is a contribution to the self-construction of communities of scholars, through participation of researchers in the critical monitoring of ongoing research and collaborative participation in the construction of knowledge. This has motivated the publication of the Central Eurasian Reader biennial journal of critical bibliography (2008–12) and for the construction, in 2016–19, of the Wikistan multifunction digital platform. He serves currently on the Editorial Board or Scientific Council of the collections ‘Meydan’ (at Karthala, Paris), ‘Miroir de l’Orient Musulman’ (at Brepols, Turnhout) and the IISMM book series at Éditions du Seuil, Paris, and of the journals Archives de Sciences Sociales des Religions, Cahiers d’Asie Centrale and Revue des Mondes Musulmans et de la Méditerranée.

Publications related to the project’s theme

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘Holy Virgin Lands? Demographic Engineering, Heritage Management, and the Sanctification of Territories in ex-Soviet Central Asia, since WWII’, 2021, in Eren Tasar, Allen J. Frank, Jeff Eden, ed., In the Khan’s oven: Studies on the History of Central Asian Religions in Honor of Devin DeWeese, Leiden: Brill, 2021: 358–408

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘Cyber-Sufism’, in Alexander Knysh, et al., ed., Handbook of Sufi Studies, Leiden: Brill, 2020: 405–14

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘A Surrogate Aristocracy? Sufi Adab, Modernity, Rurality and Civilisation in Ex-Soviet Central Asia’, in Catherine Mayeur-Jaouen, ed., Adab and Modernity: A ‘Civilisation Process’?, Leiden: Brill, 2020: 527-51

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘Le Gnosticisme pour Mémoire: Déplacements de Population, Histoire Locale et Processus Hagiographique en Asie Centrale Postsoviétique’, in Anna Caiozzo & Jean-Claude Duchêne, eds., De la Mongolie à l’Asie Centrale, Identités Nomades et Organisation de l’Espace, Valenciennes: Presses de l’Université de Valenciennes, 2020: 259–93

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘ʿAbd al-Rakhmān-Džān Avliiā’, in S. M. Prozorov, ed., Islam na territorii byvshei Rossiiskoi imperii: entsiklopedicheskii slovar’ [Islam on the Territory of the Former Russian Empire: An Encyclopaedic Dictionary], Moscow: Nauka, 2, 2019: 21–23 (in Russian)

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘ʿAzīz Khvādzha’, in S. M. Prozorov, ed., Islam na territorii byvshei Rossiiskoi imperii: entsiklopedicheskii slovar’, Moscow Nauka, 2, 2019: 39–42 (in Russian)

Stéphane A. Dudoignon & Ariane Zevaco, ‘Raushandilān’, in S. M. M. Prozorov, ed., Islam na territorii byvshei Rossiiskoi imperii : entsiklopedicheskii slovar’, Moscow: Nauka, 2, 2019: 316–9 (in Russian)

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘Russia’, in J. Cesari, ed., The Oxford Handbook of European Islam, Oxford & New York: Oxford University Press, 2014: 517-64

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘The Orenburg Triptych : Religious Teaching, Sufism and the Muslim Press in the South and Eastern Urals, at the Turn of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries’, in R. Chih, C. Mayeur-Jaouen, R. Seesemann, ed., Sufism and Literary Production in the Nineteenth Century, Wurzburg: Egon Verlag, 2014: 453–80

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘Some Side Effects of A ‘Progressive’ Orientology: Academic Visions of Islam in the Soviet South after Stalin’, in F. Pouillon & J.-C. Vatin, eds., After Orientalism: Critical Perspectives on Western Agency and Eastern Re-Appropriations, Leiden: Brill (Brill Studies in Islam and Society), 2014: 122–34 (French ed. 2011)

Stéphane A. Dudoignon & Christian Noack, eds., Allah’s Kolkhozes: Migration, De-Stalinisation, Privatisation and the New Muslim Congregations in the USSR, and After (1950s-2000s), Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, 2014, 500 p.

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘From Revival to Mutation: The Religious Personnel of Islam in the Tajik SSR, from De-Stalinization to Independence (1956–91)’, Central Asian Survey 30/1 (2011): 53–81

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘L’Islam en Russie ou Islam de Russie?’, Religion et Histoire special issue 4 (2010): 48-53

Stéphane A. Dudoignon & Ariane Zevaco, ‘Sur le “Mail des Rhapsodes”: Ethnies Minoritaires, Groupes de Statut et Sociabilités Traditionnelles en Asie Centrale Soviétique’, Asiatische Studien / Études asiatiques 63/2 (2009): 273-322

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘Local Lore, the Transmission of Learning, and Communal Identity in Late 20th-Century Tajikistan: The Khujand-Nāma of ʿĀrifjān Yahyāzād Khujandī », in S. A. Dudoignon, ed., Devout Societies vs. Impious States? Transmitting Islamic Learning in Russia, Central Asia and China, through the Twentieth Century, Berlin: Klaus Schwarz (Islamkundliche Untersuchungen), 2004: 213-41

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ed., Devout Societies vs. Impious States? Transmitting Islamic Learning in Russia, Central Asia and China, through the Twentieth Century, Berlin: Klaus Schwarz (Islamkundliche Untersuchungen: 258), 2004

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ed., En Islam Sibérien, Paris: Éditions de l’EHESS (Cahiers du Monde Russe: 41/2-3), 2000

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, ‘Culturellement Correct’, Le Courrier de l’UNESCO (October 1998): 40-42

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, Dämir Is’haqov, R. Möhämmätshin, eds., L’Islam de Russie: Conscience Communautaire et Autonomie Politique chez les Tatars de la Volga et de l’Oural, depuis le XVIIIe Siècle, Paris: Maisonneuve et Larose, 1997

Stéphane A. Dudoignon, Dämir Ishakov, R. Mukhametshin, eds., Islam v tatarskom mire: istoriia i sovremennost’ [Islam in the Tatar World: Yesterday and Today], Kazan: Panorama, 1997 (in Russian)

Stéphane Dudoignon & François Georgeon, eds., Le Réformisme Musulman en Asie Centrale, du Premier Renouveau à la Soviétisation (fin du XVIIIe Siècle-1937), Paris: Éditions de l’EHESS (Cahiers du Monde Russe, 37/1–2), 1996

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