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Nation, Language, Islam

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Helen M. Faller

Unofficial Tatar National Anthem

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Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly found, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of all the dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brain of the living. And just when they seem engaged in revolutionising them-selves and things, in creating something entirely new, precisely in such epochs of revolutionary crisis they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service and borrow from them names, battle slogans and cos-tumes in order to present the new scene of world history in this time-honoured disguise and this borrowed language (Marx 1978: 595).

Unofficial Tatar National Anthem, based on the poem by Gabdullah Tukay (translated by the author)

Native Tongue

Oh native tongue, oh beautiful language, the language of my beloved father and mother!
I have learned many things in the world through you, native tongue.

At the very beginning with this language my beloved mother sang to me in the cradle,
Later on, through the nights my beloved grandmother recounted stories.

Oh native tongue! With your help from early childhood my joys and sorrows have always been understood.

Oh native tongue! In you my earliest prayers were made.
I said: Have mercy, my Lord, on me, and my beloved father and mother!

Tugan Tel

I tugan tel, i matur tel, ätkäm-änkämneng tele!
Dön’iada küp närsä beldem sin tugan tel arkyly.

Ing elek bu tel belän änkäm bishektä köilägän,
Annary tönnär bue äbkäm xikäiat söilägän.

I tugan tel! Härvakytta iardämeng belän sineng,
Kechkenädän anglashylgan shatlygym, kaigym minem.

I tugan tel! Sindä bulgan ing elek kyilgan dogam:
Iarlykagyl, dip, üzem häm ätkäm-änkämne, Xodam!

Map 1. Tatarstan's Location within the Russian Federation

Map 1. Tatarstan's Location within the Russian Federation

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Map 2. Autonomous Areas of the Russian Federation

Map 2. Autonomous Areas of the Russian Federation

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Titre Map 1. Tatarstan's Location within the Russian Federation
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