Friends in Cold Places

Had I known Brother Fendi had a website up , I would have added it sooner. As it is, I noticed it in my referrer logs, and went to have a look. To my surprise, he has a section on the muslims of Poland! Now down to few thousand souls, these people are Tatars who settled there many hundreds of years ago, making them the oldest [surviving] muslim settlement in Europe. As much as I would like to imagine a common ancestry, the Polish side of my family is straight Cossack Catholic. Apparently, my distant grandfather was a leader of a regiment under King Jan Sobieski, the man responsible for turning back the Ottomans from the gates of Vienna. I am understandably a little conflicted about that whole episode…


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