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Volga Tatars are a group of Turkic people,Encyclopaedic ethnography of Middle-East and Central Asia: A-I, Vol.1, Ed. R. Khanam, (Global Vision Publishing House, 2005), 839; "The Volga Tatars are the westernmost of all Turkic ethnic groups...".Encyclopedia of European peoples, Vol.1, Ed. Carl Waldman, Catherine Mason, (Infobase Publishing, 2006), 795. most of whom occupy the central portion of the Volga region.

Volga Tatar subgroups

Kazan (Qazan) Tatars

The majority of Volga Tatars are Kazan (Qazan) Tatars. They are the majority of the population of Tatarstan, one of the constituent republics of Russia.

During the 11th-16th centuries, numerous Turkic tribes lived in what is now Russia and Kazakhstan. The present territory of Tatarstan was inhabited by the Volga Bulgars, a people with uncertain origins The Bulgars settled on the Volga River in the 8th century and converted to Islam in 922 during the missionary work of Ahmad ibn Fadlan. After the Mongol invasion of Europe from 1241, Volga Bulgaria was defeated, ruined, and incorporated into the Golden Horde.

Few of the population survived, nearly all of them moved to northern territories, but there was also some degree of mixing between it and the Kipchak Tatars of the Horde during the ensuing period. The group as a whole accepted the language of the Kipchaks and the ethnonym "Tatars" (although the name Bulgars persisted in some...
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