The Waning Crescent: Lipka Tatars in Poland
At the heart of Podlasie region of north-eastern Poland, a firmly established Sunni Muslim community has been peacefully settled for over 300 years: the Polish Tatars, also known as Lipka Tatars, an ethnic minority of fewer than 3000 people. Their ancestors put down roots in the Polish- Lithuanian Commonwealth in early 14th century. By the middle of the 16th century as many as 20,000 Tatars practiced their religion in more than 100 mosques strewn across the area now divided into Belarus, Lithuania and Poland. First Tatars settled in Podlasie in the 1670s, and to this day the region is where the majority of Polish Tatars live. Lipkas are a striking reminder that Poland was once a multicultural and multi-religious country.
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