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Once it was explained that they would remain anonymous, Crimean Tatars were receptive to being taped. Organization of the Book Chapter 1, “The Lay of the Historical Land,” offers a critical overview of Crimean Tatar history, emphasizing the issues that have become controversial topics in Crimean Tatar historiography today. Foremost among these issues is the Crimean Tatars’ ethnonym: it vividly points to the themes of civilization and barbarism that reverberate through the Tatars’ history. The chapter also places the 1944 deportation in its larger historical perspective as the culmination of a colonial policy.
When we learn that the writers and poets of the Crimean Khanate are believed to have made a significant contribution to Islamic literature, that the peninsula was once studded with the caravansarai of the Silk Roads, that in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries Solhat, or the city of 30 Beyond Memory “Old Crimea,” was a center of Muslim missionary activity with mosques, dervish monasteries, and medreses, it is clear that Crimea is an important part of the history of Europe and Asia. 6 Ethnogenesis While the Crimean Tatars are traditionally described as descendents of the Golden Horde, the formation of this Turkic-speaking, Sunni Muslim people has pre-Mongol origins in the ancient, indigenous peoples of the Crimean peninsula.
During the Khanate, the peoples of this diverse region first began referring to themselves as “Crimeans” (Poliakov 1998). The Mongol Influence So to say that the Crimean Tatars are the descendents of the Golden Horde of Chingis Khan is only part of the story. The Khanate that gained ascendancy in Crimea claimed decent from Chingis Khan, but these “Tatars,” as they were called, assimilated with the indigenous and European groups already living there. A Crimean version of the “Tatar” ethnic group arose that was distinct from others as a result of the Turkification and Islamicization of the descendants of the Goths, Sarmatians, and Scythians in the area.
Beyond memory: The crimean tatars’ deportation and return by Greta Lynn Uehling (auth.)