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IDEL-URAL (Tatar : Идел-Урал İdel-Ural, Russian : Идель-Урал) literally VOLGA-URAL is a historical region in Eastern Europe
Eastern Europe
, in what is today Russia
Russia
. The name literally means Volga
Volga
- Urals
Urals
in the Tatar language . The frequently used Russian variant is Volgo-Uralye (Russian : Волго-Уралье). The term Idel-Ural is often used to designate 6 republics of Russia
Russia
of this region: Bashkortostan , Chuvashia , Mari El , Mordovia , Tatarstan , Udmurtia , especially in Tatar-language literature or in the context of minority languages. Idel-Ural is included within the Volga
Volga
Region (Поволжье, Povolzhye). The major religions in the region are Islam
Islam
and Orthodox Christianity .

Before being conquered by Tsardom of Russia
Russia
in the 16th century, the region was dominated by native Uralic tribes and a succession of Turkic empires such as Volga
Volga
Bulgaria , the Khazars , the Golden Horde and the Khanate of Kazan .

SEE ALSO

* Idel-Ural State * Idel-Ural Legion * Privolzhsky (Volga) Federal District

REFERENCES

* ^ http://udmurt.info/pdf/library/belykh/belykh-istor.pdf * ^ map of Idel-Ural territories with comments

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