Prof. Selim Chazbijewicz is a Polish political scientist, writer, columnist, academic, Tatar community activist, Habilitated Doctor of Humanities, Associate Professor at the University of Warmia and Mazury.
In May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs submitted his candidacy for the post of Polish ambassador to Kazakhstan. The new ambassador is to replace the current ambassador, Maciej Lang, who has been appointed as ambassador to Turkey. Additionally, Prof. Selim Chazbijewicz is also to be accredited to Kyrgyzstan. The procedure for appointing an ambassador is time-consuming. First of all, it requires the Polish president’s approval and acceptance. The Sejm committee’s opinion and acceptance by the head of government are important as well. The Foreign Affairs Committee of the Sejm has approved the candidacy of Prof. Selim Chazbijewicz for the post of ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Kazakhstan, however,he has not received the official nomination yet.
Prof. Selim Chazbijewicz is descended from a noble family of Polish and Lithuanian Tatars. In 1991, he was granted the degree of Doctor of Humanities at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Polish Muslim’s ideologies in the 20th century were the topic of his doctoral thesis. In 2002, he was granted the degree of Habilitated Doctor of Political Science also at AMU on the basis of his work Awdet czyli powrót. Walka polityczna Tatarów krymskich o zachowanie tożsamości narodowej i niepodległość państwa po II wojnie światowej.
He works as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Political Science of the University of Warmia and Mazury. He was also a lecturer at the Elbląg University of Humanities and Economy. He was appointed as a member of the Committee of Oriental Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
He is the author of volumes of poetry, including Hymn do Sofii which was published in 2005. His poems were in the anthology of Polish Tatars Oto moje dziedzictwo (2010). He published many works related to the culture and history of Polish, Lithuanian and Crimean Tatars, among others, the publication Tatarzy Krymscy. Walka o naród i wolną ojczyznę (2001).
He belongs to the Association of Polish Writers. In 1986-1991 he was editor-in-chief of the quarterly “Życie Muzułmańskie” – the magazine of Polish Muslims. In 1994, he became the editor-in-chief of “Rocznik Tatarów Polskich.” In 2009 he took up the position of chairman of the editorial council of the quarterly „Przegląd Tatarski,” and in 2010 he was appointed as chairman of the editorial board of the Polish Muslim community’s magazine “Muzułmanie Rzeczypospolitej.”
He was a co-founder and in 1999-2007, the president of the Central Council of the Union of Tatars of the Republic of Poland and since 2003 he has been the Imam of the Muslim community in Gdańsk. In 1998-2008 he was a co-chairman of the Joint Council of Catholics and Muslims.
Awarded the Bronze Cross of Merit (2014).