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Muslim Political Participation in Europe$
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Jorgen S. Nielsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646944

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.001.0001

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The Political Participation of Polish Muslim Tatars – the Result of or the Reason for Integration? From Teutonic wars to the Danish cartoons Affair

The Political Participation of Polish Muslim Tatars – the Result of or the Reason for Integration? From Teutonic wars to the Danish cartoons Affair

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(p.239) Chapter 12 The Political Participation of Polish Muslim Tatars – the Result of or the Reason for Integration? From Teutonic wars to the Danish cartoons Affair
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Muslim Political Participation in Europe
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Agata S. Nalborczyk

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.003.0012

One of the oldest established Muslim minorities in Central Europe is that of the Tatars, whose history dates back to the fourteenth century. They settled in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth mostly as mercenaries brought to fight the enemies of the country. This chapter recounts how, in return for military service, Tatars were granted land together with a social status similar to that of the local nobility. They were also granted the right to practise Islam, erect mosques etc. Subsequently, they remained an integral part of the social and military structures of the country. It was therefore natural that during the Danish cartoons affair, the state authorities in Poland supported Muslim protests against publishing the cartoons. This chapter argues that the historical role of the Tatars was the reason for their continued strong acceptance as an integrated and active citizens by present-day Polish society and by the state authorities.

Keywords:   Tatars, Islam, Central Europe, Poland, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, military, legal status, Muslim minority, Danish cartoons, integration

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