On April 21 the next lecture of the IIIT lectures series for CIS countries on "Muslims in the South of Ukraine in the second half of the 18th and early 20th centuries: frontier communities in the times of borders and expanding empires" was delivered by Svetlana KAYUK, PhD in History, Associate Professor at the Department of History of Ukraine at the Oles Gonchar Dnipro National University (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine).

During her lecture Svitlana KAYUK spoke about "classical relations" on the frontier between communities professing different religions, the development of interreligious and interethnic relations in the lands of southern Ukraine in the last decades of the Crimean Khanate and Zaporizhian Sich, the direction of migration waves of Tatars and Cossacks "from the Russian Empire to the Ottoman Empire". She also presented examples of archival records on Muslims in southern Ukraine that shed light on the various images and myths that dominate imperial (Russian and Soviet) historiographies.

Svitlana Kayuk gave examples of mosques in the south of Ukraine. For example, in Ternivka village near Mykolayiv (a separate colony for Muslim Turkish prisoners) a stone mosque with two minarets designed by architect F. Wunsch in 1793 which was rebuilt into an Orthodox church for the Bulgarian colonists. In 1862-1871 the Ministry of Maritime Affairs constructed a mosque in the port of Nikolaev for the Muslim military society with the financial support of the local community. But in the 1920s the mosque was destroyed.

Participants were able to see copies of archival documents, maps and photographs of mosques in southern Ukraine.

More than 50 participants from Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Georgia registered for the lecture. Participants were interested in the current situation of mosques and the size of the Muslim community in Ukraine. 

The lecture can be viewed on the Institute Of Knowledge Integration's YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/Sn4MUTimSss