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Religious and national identity among the Balkan muslims : a comparative study on Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Kosovo

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In cases where the religion of the dominant nation is different than that of the dominated, the religion of the latter contributes to comforting its nationalism or at least its national identity. This is proven by the experience of the Turks in the Balkans. Using the Islamic religion, the Turks, who are by far the most numerous and prosperous Muslim minority in Greece and Bulgaria, have successfully attempted to assimilate the Pomak minority in Greece and, to a certain extent, in Bulgaria. On the other hand the Albanians, by far the most numerous Islamic element in Macedonia and Kosovo, are assimilating the Turks in the former and even more so in the latter by using religious affinities.

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Baskýn ORAN, « Religious and national identity among the Balkan muslims : a comparative study on Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Kosovo », Cahiers d’études sur la Méditerranée orientale et le monde turco-iranien, 18 | 1994,

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Baskýn ORAN, « Religious and national identity among the Balkan muslims : a comparative study on Greece, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Kosovo », Cahiers d’études sur la Méditerranée orientale et le monde turco-iranien [En ligne], 18 | 1994, mis en ligne le 30 mars 2004, consulté le 29 mai 2017. URL : http://cemoti.revues.org/249

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