Cultural heritage of Tatar Muslim minorities in the Baltic Sea region

Project leader

Ingvar Svanberg, PhD

Project Participants

Editors Ingvar Svanberg (UCRS, Uppsala) and David Westerlund (Södertörn University). Other participants are Toomas Abiline (Tallinn), Sebastian Cwiklinski (Berlin), Harry Halén (Helsinki), Sabira Ståhlberg (Helsinki), Göran Larsson (Göteborg), Tuomas Martikanen (Turku), Agata S. Nalborczyk (Warszaw), Racius Egdunas (Vilnius, Kaunas), Ringo Ringvee (Tallinn), and Valters Scerbinski (Riga).

Project period

2011 - 2016

Project description

Book project: The book aims to present the forgotten Muslim communities in the Baltic Rim (Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Russia, Belarus). Various Tatar groups have settled in the region since 18th century, and Tatar minorities have developed as ethno-religious minorities in cities like Helsinki, Tallinn, and Riga already by the end of the 19th century. In Poland and Lithuania small groups of Tatars established themselves as minorities already two centuries ago. The chapters have been presented at workshops in Vilnius (2011) and during a Tatar network meeting within the framework of the EASR conference at Sodertorn University (Aug 23-26 2012) by those attending the conference. The book will be published in the autumn of 2014.

Funding

Östersjöstiftelsen

Key words

Tatars, Muslims, European Islam, Czarist Russia, Baltic Rim