Muslim Tatar Minorities in the Baltic Sea Region


In Muslim Tatar Minorities in the Baltic Sea Region, edited by Ingvar Svanberg and David Westerlund, the contributors introduce the history and contemporary situation of these little known groups of people that for centuries have been part of the religious and ethnic mosaic of this region. The book has a broad and multi-disciplinary scope and covers the early settlements in Lithuania and Poland, the later immigrations to Saint Petersburg, Finland, Estonia and Latvia, as well as the most recent establishments in Sweden and Germany. The authors, who hail from and are specialists on these areas, demonstrate that in several respects the Tatar Muslims have become well-integrated here.

Contributors are: Toomas Abiline, Tamara Bairasauskaite, Renat Bekkin, Sebastian Cwiklinski, Harry Halén, Tuomas Martikainen, Agata Nalborczyk, Egdunas Racius, Ringo Ringvee, Valters Scerbinskis, Sabira Ståhlberg, Ingvar Svanberg and David Westerlund.

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Ingvar Svanberg is Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University. He has contributed to many publications on Muslims, including the reader Islam in the West, which he co-edited with David Westerlund (Routledge, 2011).

David Westerlund is Professor in the Study of Religions at Södertörn University in Stockholm. His recent publications include Religion, Politics and Nation-Building in Post-Communist Countries, which he co-edited with Greg Simons (Ashgate, 2015).
“This volume is a detailed and fascinating examination of a loose-knit ethno-religious community spanning several states. […]
Svanberg and Westerlund successfully demonstrate that a European Islam is not only possible but has been functioning for centuries, almost unnoticed.”
Abdullah Drury in Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations, 30:1 (2019), 116-118, DOI: 10.1080/09596410.2018.1541632
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Notes on Contributors

Introduction, Sebastian Cwiklinski

Early Settlements
1. Lithuania, Tamara Bairašauskaitė and Egdūnas Račius
2. Poland, Agata S. Nalborzcyk

Second Wave
3. Saint Petersburg, Renat Bekkin and Sabira Ståhlberg
4. Finland, Harry Halén and Tuomas Martikainen
5. Estonia, Toomas Abiline and Ringo Ringvee
6. Latvia, Valters Ščerbinskis

Third Wave
7. Sweden, Sabira Ståhlberg and Ingvar Svanberg
8. Germany, Sebastian Cwiklinski

All interested in the situation of Muslim Tatars, particularly in the Baltic Sea Region and anyone concerned with issues of integration of Muslims in Europe and elsewhere.