Reviews

In his article the author provides a biographical overview of the Tatar historian and writer Gaziz Gubaidullin (1887-1937), emphasising his career as a “progressive” Tatar thinker and writer.  For the most part Kul’pin’s narrative follows a fairly well-trodden path: Gubaidullin’s upbringing in a fairly conservative social and religious milieu, his discovery of “progressive ideas” in one of the Kazan madrasas, in this case the Khalidiyya Madrasa, his politicisation following the 1905 Revolution and his further discovery of Western education, and his strong connections to the ‘Jadid’ movement.  The bulk of the article covers the pre-Revolutionary period, although the period between 1918 and 1925 was certainly Gubaidullin’s most productive, when he wrote either alone in on collaboration with others a number of highly influential and interesting works.  These include the multi-volume history of Tatar literature (Tatar adabiiati tarikhi) that appeared in 1923-24, written in collaboration with Gali Rahim, and a number of works devoted to Tatar social and political history, being the first application of Marxist historical principles to Tatar history per se, and as such melded quite smoothly into the Jadid historical narrative that emphasised above all social and political progress.

Allen J. Frank, Takoma Park, MD
CER: I-1.2.B-64