Islam in Tatarstan

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Islam in Tatarstan existed prior to the tenth century, but it began major growth in 922, when Bulgar ruler Almış converted to Islam.[1] This was followed by an increase in missionary activity in Volga Bulgaria. Islam remained the dominant religion through the Mongol invasion and subsequent Khanate of Kazan.

Islamic religious flag of the Tatar community


Today, Islam is a major faith in Tatarstan, adhered to by to 53 percent[2][3][4] of the estimated 3.8 million population, making it the largest religion.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. Azade-Ayse Rolich, The Volga Tatars, 1986, page 11. Richard Frye, Ibn Fadlan's Journey to Russia, 2005, page 44 gives 16 May 922 for the first meeting with the ruler. This seems to be the official date of the conversion.
  2. Balkind, Nicole (March 19, 2019). "A Model Republic? Trust and Authoritarianism on Tatarstan's Road to Autonomy". University of North Carolina – via Carolina Digital Repository.
  3. "Arena: Atlas of Religions and Nationalities in Russia". Sreda, 2012.
  4. 2012 Arena Atlas Religion Maps. "Ogonek", № 34 (5243), 27/08/2012. Retrieved 21/04/2017. Archived.
  5. "Population". tatarstan.ru. Retrieved 2020-12-25.