The Baltic Islamic trail

Islam in the Baltic has a surprisingly long history. There is evidence of Muslim travellers and geographers appearing in the area as early as the tenth century. However beyond the odd adventure or mapping exercise, the Baltic held little interest for them. The first real Muslim community is established in the 14th century in southern Lithuania, east …

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From popular Indo-Muslim game to Baltic obsession; the story of Novuss

Novuss is the national game of Latvia; Koroona is the national game of Estonia - same game, two names. That's not the only unusual thing about this 'gaming double agent', royal Indian ancestry has been mentioned too. Guest writer, Geoff Chester explains ... Around the middle of the nineteenth century, in British-ruled India, a game played on …