Islam in the Baltic
Europe's Early Muslim Community
By (author) Harry Norris
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Islam in the Baltic by Harry Norris
Book DescriptionArriving in Europe in the 14th century, the Qipchq Tatars are the longest surviving Muslim people in Europe. They form the historical core of the Muslim community in the Baltic States, Belarus and Poland where Muslims are few in number compared with those in other parts of the European Union and in Russia. In the first historical study of this important community, Harry Norris investigates the earliest contacts between the Baltic peoples and the world of Islam. He examines the trade routes of the Vikings and the early Slavs and Balts who had commercial relations with Arab merchants, trading in amber, furs, Middle Eastern silks and other luxury goods. Norris surveys the Qipchq Tatars' history, their Muslim faith, their culture, their literature and their life as indigenous Europeans in New Europe today. He draws contrasts and similarities between other Muslim communities in Europe, including the diverse immigrant Muslim groups in the Nordic countries that border the Baltic Sea: Finland, Sweden and Denmark. This book is of importance to those studying the rich cultural heritage of minority groups of European Muslims and their position in Europe today, as well as those interested in the study of migration.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781845115876
(216mm x 134mm x 23mm)
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Mar-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Harry Norris
Religious Quest and National Identity in the Balkans, Hardback (September 2001)» View all books by Harry Norris
An insight into the cultural traditions that have shaped the Balkan region from pagan times, through folk culture, the medieval Christian churches, the encounter between Christianity and Islam, up to the religious and national mythologies that have proved so destructive in the modern era.
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Author Biography - Harry Norris
Harry Norris is Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of London. Before this he was Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at SOAS and an associate Fellow at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.
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