Book Talk: Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims and the Late Ottoman State

The Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs (CURA), The Center on Forced Displacement, and the History Department invite you to join us for a book talk — moderated by Aimee Genell (BU) –on Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky’s recently published monograph  Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims and the Late Ottoman State. See below for book abstract and to register for the event.

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Book Abstract: Between the 1850s and World War I, the Ottoman Empire welcomed about a million Muslim refugees from Russia. These refugees established hundreds of villages throughout the Ottoman Balkans, Anatolia, and the Levant. Most villages still exist today, including what is now the city of Amman. Dr. Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky will present his new book, Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims and the Late Ottoman State, which examines how Circassian, Chechen, Dagestani, and other refugees transformed the late Ottoman Empire and how the Ottoman government managed Muslim refugee resettlement. Empire of Refugees demonstrates that the Ottoman government created a refugee regime that predated refugee systems set up by the League of Nations and the United Nations. It offers a new way to think about migration and displacement in the Middle East.

About the author: Dr. Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky is a historian of global migration and forced displacement and Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research examines Muslim refugee migration and its role in shaping the modern world. He is the author of Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims and the Late Ottoman State (Stanford University Press, 2024). Based on research in over twenty archives in ten countries, the book explores the origins of refugee resettlement in the modern Middle East. Vladimir is currently writing a new book, which is a transnational history of Muslim displacement in the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia since 1850. His articles appeared in Past & PresentComparative Studies in Society and HistoryInternational Journal of Middle East StudiesSlavic Review, and Kritika. He received a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University and served as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University.


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