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Dr. G.R. (Gulnaz) Sibgatullina

Faculty of Humanities
Europese studies
Photographer: Bob Bronshoff

Visiting address
  • Kloveniersburgwal 48
Postal address
  • Postbus 1619
    1000 BP Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Biography

    Gulnaz Sibgatullina is an Assistant Professor for Illiberal Regimes in the European Studies capacity group. She is part of the Amsterdam School for Regional, Transnational, and European Studies (ARTES) at the UvA and a visiting researcher at the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at George Washington University. Her research interests focus on the history and presence of Islam in Europe, sociology of religion and religious language, and postcolonial (translation) studies.

    Her ongoing research project, funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action Fellowship, brings into the spotlight a broad international network of European converts to Islam that so far has been largely marginalised in both academic and social debates on the role of religion in Europe. Drawing on a wealth of literary works produced by the network members, the project investigates how and why those identifying themselves as white Europeans opt for Islam.

    In 2019-21, Gulnaz Sibgatullina was a member of the ERC “The European Qur’an. Islamic Scripture in European Culture and Religion 1150-1850 (EuQu)” synergy team. Her personal project examined the politics of the Qur’an translation into Russian and Tatar. In 2014-19, she worked on her doctoral thesis as part of the research group “The Russian language of Islam” led by Prof. Michael Kemper and Prof. Jos Schaeken and funded by The Dutch Research Council (NWO).

    Gulnaz Sibgatullina was a visiting scholar at the Goethe University (Germany), the University of Edinburgh (UK), and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). In the past, she held the position of Lecturer and Researcher in the department of Russian and Eurasian Studies at Leiden University (the Netherlands), where her research and teaching focused primarily on the sociolinguistics of the Russian language and Christian-Muslim relations in post-Soviet Russia. 

    She holds a Ph.D. from Leiden University (2019) and a Master's degree from Moscow State Linguistic University (2014).

  • Selected Publications


    Sibgatullina, G. (2020). Languages of Islam and Christianity in Post-Soviet Russia. Brill Rodopi. Can be ordered here.


    Sibgatullina, G. (forthcoming). The Muftis and the Myths: Constructing the Russian “Church for Islam”. Journal of Religion in Europe

    Kemper, M., & Sibgatullina, G. (2021). Liberal Islamic Theology in Conservative Russia: Taufik Ibragim’s “Qurʾānic Humanism”. Die Welt des Islams.

    Sibgatullina, G. (2019). Translating Islam into the language of the Russian state and the Orthodox Church. Religion, State & Society47(2), 234-247.

    Book chapters

    Sibgatullina, G. (Forthcoming). Translation as a Tool of Narrative Identity Construction: Language Strategies of Russian Converts to Islam”. In Routledge Handbook of Translation and Religion, H. Israel (ed.). Routledge.

    Sibgatullina, G. (2021). Islam in Russia in the 1990s. In The 90s: A History of the Great Turn: Volume 6. The Public Sphere and Intellectual Life, Il’ia Kukulin (ed.) (in Russian). Pre-print 

  • Media

    Contributor to Raam op Rusland (in Dutch)

    Author and host of the ACES Cast: Listen on Spotify and Apple

  • Publications


    • Sibgatullina, G. (2022). The Ecology of a Vernacular Qur’an: Rethinking Mūsā Bīgī’s Translation into Türki-Tatar. Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 24(3), 46–69. [details]
    • Sibgatullina, G. (2022). When the Other Speaks: Ismāʿīl Gasprinskii and the Concept of Islamic Reformation. Journal of the economic and social history of the Orient, 65(1-2), 214–247. [details]
    • Sibgatullina, G. R. (2022). Translation and the Construction of Conversion Narratives: Language Strategies of Russian Converts to Islam. In The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Religion (pp. 348-363). Routledge.




    • Sibgatullina, G. (2019). Translating Islam into the language of the Russian state and the Orthodox Church. Religion, State & Society, 47(2), 234-247. [details]
    • Sibgatullina, G., & Kemper, M. (2019). The Imperial Paradox: Islamic Eurasianism in Contemporary Russia. In N. Friess, & K. Kaminskij (Eds.), Resignification of Borders: Eurasianism and the Russian World (pp. 97-124). (Ost-West-Express. Kultur und Übersetzung; Vol. 37). Frank & Timme. [details]


    • Karimzad, F., & Sibgatullina, G. (2018). Replacing "Them" With "Us": Language Ideologies and Practices of "Purification" on Facebook. INTERNATIONAL MULTILINGUAL RESEARCH JOURNAL, 12(2), 124-139.
    • Sibgatullina, G. R. (2018). Daniil Sysoev: Mission and Martyrdom. In A. K. Bustanov, & M. Kemper (Eds.), Russia’s Islam and Orthodoxy beyond the Institutions: Languages of Conversion, Competition and Convergence (pp. 35-54). Routledge.
    • Sibgatullina, G. R. (2018). Language use and education in Islamic religious institutions of Tatarstan (Russia). In M. Djuraeva, & F. V. Tochon (Eds.), Language Policy or the Politics of Language: Re-imagining the Role of Language in a Neoliberal Society (pp. 75-98). Deep University Press.
    • Sibgatullina, G., & Kemper, M. (2018). Between Salafism and Eurasianism: Geidar Dzhemal and the Global Islamic Revolution in Russia. In A. K. Bustanov, & M. Kemper (Eds.), Russia's Islam and Orthodoxy beyond the Institutions: Languages of Conversion, Competition and Convergence (pp. 91-108). Routledge. [details]



    • Sibgatullina, G. R. (2016). Found to Be on the Fault Line: Discursive identity Construction of the Kriashens. In M. Ivanics, É. Csáki, & Z. Olach (Eds.), Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on the Role of Religions in the Turkic Culture Held on September 9-11, 2015 in Budapest (pp. 277-285). Péter Pázmány Catholic University.
    • Sibgatullina, G. R. (2016). Rezension: Stéphane A. Dudoignon and Christian Noack (eds.) (2014) Allah’s Kolkhozes. Migration, De-Stalinisation, Privatisation, and the New Muslim Congregations in the Soviet Realm (1950s–2000s). Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, 4, 23-24.




    • Sibgatullina, G. R. (2020). Татарлар һәм ислам реформасы проекты: фәнни бәхәсләр, яңа карашлар. Fenni Tatarstan, 2020(2), 143-151. [details]




    • Sibgatullina, G. R. (2021). Ислам в России 1990-х. In K. Il'ia (Ed.), 90-е: История Великого Поворота. - Том 6: Публичная сфера и интеллектуальная жизнь

    Media appearance

    Talk / presentation

    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (12-1-2023). White Islam: an ideological experiment, Antiliberal Internationalism (20th C.), Amsterdam.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (4-11-2022). Islam and Illiberalism, Analysing illiberalism in Europe: Concepts, methodologies, constraints
      , Amsterdam.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (7-10-2022). Decolonizing Russian and East European Studies, Decolonizing Russian and East European Studies: Perspectives from the Global South and East, Leiden.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (8-9-2022). Meer- of minderheid? Bekeerlingen tot de islam en de Europese moslimgemeenschap, Facultaire opening academisch jaar 2022-2023, FGw, Amsterdam.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (6-7-2022). The Oriental Trail: Music and Poetry in Darqawiyya-Habibiyya Sufi community (1969-1979), The 8th Biannual Conference of the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism, Cork.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (22-6-2022). Debating Translatability: The early 20th-century Tatar press on Qurʾān Translations, Daʿwa and Qur'an translation in the first decades of the 20th, Freiburg.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (18-6-2022). Modern Translation of Islamic Literature into English by Converts to Islam, Canon or Code? Standardising and Transmitting Islamic Law, Bergen.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (26-5-2022). Islam and the "Russian World", Fordham University.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (6-5-2022). Embrace of Islam by the European Right: Conversion, Rapprochement or Opportunism?, 26th Annual World Convention of the Association for
      the Study of Nationalities (ASN).
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (6-5-2022). The History of Tatar and Russian Translations of the Qur’an, Recognizing Sacred Scriptures – the Qur’an and the Bible, Abu Dhabi.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (15-4-2022). Ideiia islamskoi reformatsii (The concept of Islamic Reformation), The Ibn Sina Foundation.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (5-3-2022). Illiberalism and Islam: Contesting economic and cultural liberalism, Theologisches Forum Christentum–Islam: Rechtspopulismus und Religion
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (14-1-2022). European Islam: Remedy, Refuge or Repression?, European University Institute Florence.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (3-12-2021). Tatary kak chast' evorpeiskoi ummy: proshloe i nastoiashchee, Tatarovedenie v situatsii smeny paradigm: teoriia, metodologiia, praktika, Kazan.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (29-11-2021). In the Service of an Empire: Qur’anic Studies under Peter the Great, The Turkish Wars and the Study of Islam in Early Modern Europe.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (9-7-2021). The Birth of an Islamic Language: on the Qur’an Commentary in Türki-Tatar, The International Qur’anic Studies Association Conference 2021, Palermo.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (25-6-2021). Musa Jarallah Bigi's Rahmat-i ilahiya burhanlarï, The European Qur’an, Santander.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (28-5-2021). Is the translator a double-agent? Liron Khamidullin and the Making of Tatar Literary Canon, Inherit the World: Strategies of translatio in the Soviet Literary Cosmopolis.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (5-5-2021). Translation, Exegesis and Cultural Transfer: On the languages of Islam in post-Soviet Russia, University of Freiburg.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (26-3-2021). Ecology of a vernacular Qurʾān: The case of Mūsā Bīgī’s Translation into Turki-Tatar, International Workshop: Qur’an and Bible.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (5-3-2021). On Translating the Qur’ān into Turkic Vernaculars: Texts, ties and traditions, Qur’ān translations and interpretations by European Muslims .
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (7-12-2020). In-between Russia’s and Russian Islam: How speaking for and about Islam has changed in Russia over the past thirty years, European University at St. Petersburg.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) & Pandharipande, R. (speaker) (3-12-2020). Religious Performatives in Multilingual Context, 4. Internationalen Arbeitstagung Religionslinguistik.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (17-11-2020). Languages of Islam and Christianity, Higher School of Economics.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (14-11-2020). Confronting Modernity: On the Tatar Qur’an Translations Produced at the Turn of the 20th Century, 2020 ASEEES Virtual Convention.
    • Sibgatullina, G. (speaker) (12-10-2020). Crossing Religious Borders: Translation, Conversion and Faith in Central Eurasia, Online Week of Central Eurasian Studies.


    • Sibgatullina, G. (participant) (2-12-2022 - 3-12-2022). The Muslim Self: A Transregional History, Amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sibgatullina, G. (organiser) & Bialasiewicz, L. (organiser) (3-11-2022 - 4-11-2022). Analysing illiberalism in Europe: Concepts, methodologies, constraints, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sibgatullina, G. (organiser) & Wiegers, G. (organiser) (5-3-2021). Qur’ān translations and interpretations by European Muslims (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sibgatullina, G. (participant) (8-10-2020). Project meeting. Opening of the second phase of Transottomanica, 2020–2023. An external affiliate (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sibgatullina, G. (participant) (9-3-2020 - 11-3-2020). The Latin Qur’an, 1143-1500: translation, transmission, interpretation, Barcelona (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Sibgatullina, G. (participant) (15-10-2019 - 18-10-2019). The launch conference of the EuQu project (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
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  • Ancillary activities
    • Adviesraad Internationale Vraagstukken
      Lid van de Commissie Vrede en Veiligheid