The "Tatar Way" of Understanding and Practising Islam in Estonia

  • Ege Lepa University of Tartu
Keywords: Tatars, narrative, Soviet past, Islamic organizations

Abstract

This article gives a brief overview of the narratives used by Estonian Tatars, describing their religious
identity and changes in the Estonian Muslim community during the past few decades. The
Tatars are the founders of the Estonian Islamic Congregation in Tallinn, an organization which has
been the main representative of Islamic faith in Estonia for more than half a century. Recently the
Tatars and the congregation are being challenged by newcomers with other views on Islam. For
instance, the “Tatar way” of defining religious identity within a family context differs from the
way in which Estonian converts and more recent Muslim immigrants see their own religiosity. The
changes in the Estonian Muslim community and the Estonian Islamic Congregation have influenced
the Tatars in several ways, especially their religious and cultural self-concept. Examples are
given of how Tatars evaluate and come to terms with the differences and the challenges.

How to Cite
Lepa, E. (2020). The "Tatar Way" of Understanding and Practising Islam in Estonia. Studia Orientalia Electronica, 8(2), 70-81. https://doi.org/10.23993/store.82938