Edinburgh University Press Published Book by VMU Prof. Egdūnas Račius

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Edinburgh University Press has published Muslims in Eastern Europe, a book by Prof. Egdūnas Račius from VMU Dept. of Regional Studies, which introduces the centuries-old history of Muslim communities in Eastern Europe.

The history and contemporary situation of Muslim communities in Eastern Europe are explored here from three angles. First, survival, telling of the resilience of these Muslim communities in the face of often restrictive state policies and hostile social environments, especially during the Communist period. Next, their subsequent revival in the aftermath of the Cold War, and last, transformation, looking at the profound changes currently taking place in the demographic composition of the communities and in the forms of Islam practiced by them. The reader is shown a picture of the general trends common to the Muslim communities of Eastern Europe, and the special characteristics of clusters of states, such as the Baltics, the Balkans, the Višegrad states, and the European states of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

The book will also shortly become available in the VMU Library.

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