The Tatars: 700 years of influence on Lithuania’s history, language and food

The Lithuanian Tatar community is the oldest ethnic group living in Lithuania, having settled in the country when it was the Grand Duchy of Lithuania in the 14th century. They have had a profound influence on Lithuania’s history, language and food. […]

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‘There is no institution like the Vatican in Islam that can excommunicate extremist Muslims’

There were some 13 million Muslims living in Europe several years ago, according to Pew Research Center, and several more million have come from Syria and Iraq over the last few years. Professor Egdūnas Račius of the Kaunas-based Vytautas Magnus University says that religion is not always the right lens through which to look at and make sense of the world’s Muslims. […]


Lithuanian Muslim Mufti: Terrorists will go to hell

Islam is not and could not be the reason for terrorist attacks in France, says Lithuanian Muslim Mufti Romas Jakubauskas. […]

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Refugee relocation causes cultural anxiety in Baltic states

The Baltic states, along with other European Union nations, have agreed to take in a portion of refugees that have been fleeing wars in the Middle East. Diminutive though these numbers are, the fact that the refugees come from predominantly Muslim countries seems to inspire some fears among Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians. […]