Digital Humanities: Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Period of Performance

5/1/2016 - 10/31/2018

Funding Totals

$71,108.00 (approved)
$37,905.27 (awarded)

Historical Demography and Population Behavior among Muslims in Russian Central Eurasia, 1828-1918: The Case of Kazan City

FAIN: HD-248405-16

Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Edward James Lazzerini (Project Director: September 2015 to March 2021)

Development of a public database that would enable research into the Muslim community of the Russian Empire from 1828-1918 by converting information found within parish registers from the city of Kazan.

The Central Eurasian Muslim Population Project (CEMPP) will create over time a massive relational database of longitudinal vital statistics and social information gathered from the metrical books (parish registers) compiled for Muslim subjects of the Russian Empire between 1828 and 1918. Funding from NEH will support the first phase of the project whereby, seeking proof-of-concept, we will gather data for approximately 25,000 Muslim inhabitants of Kazan, the third largest city in Russia, as organized around 18 mosques and their parishes. One of our major digital tools will be the open, scalable, and extendable "Intermediate Data Structure" that is becoming the standard for longitudinal databases on historical populations. By means of IDS, our database will join those focused on other regions of Eurasia and contribute to large-scale comparative studies of the life course of Eurasia as a whole.

Media Coverage

News and Announcements (Media Coverage)
Publication: History Department Newsletter
Date: 4/14/2016

Dr. Edward Lazzerini Interview (Media Coverage)
Publication: Newsletter of the Inner Asian National Resource Center
Date: 12/8/2016
Abstract: A discussion of the project NEH is supportingt.

Central Eurasian Muslim Population Project (CEMPP) (Media Coverage)
Publication: Digital Humanities in the Slavic Field
Date: 6/25/2016
Abstract: Presentation of the project to the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.