Arriving in Europe within the 14th century, the Qipchaq Tatars are the longest surviving Muslim humans in Europe. They shape the old middle of the Muslim neighborhood within the Baltic States, Belarus and Poland the place Muslims are few in quantity in comparison with these in different elements of the ecu Union and in Russia. within the first old research of this crucial neighborhood, Harry Norris investigates the earliest contacts among the Baltic peoples and the area of Islam. He examines the exchange routes of the Vikings and the early Slavs and Balts who had advertisement relatives with Arab retailers, buying and selling in amber, furs, center jap silks and different luxurious goods.
Norris surveys the Qipchaq Tatars' background, their Muslim religion, their tradition, their literature and their lifestyles as indigenous Europeans in New Europe this day. He attracts contrasts and similarities among different Muslim groups in Europe, together with the varied immigrant Muslim teams within the Nordic international locations that border the Baltic Sea: Finland, Sweden and Denmark. This publication is of value to these learning the wealthy cultural historical past of minority teams of eu Muslims and their place in Europe at the present time, in addition to these drawn to the research of migration.

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