The image of the Turks in the republic of turkey through the eyes of the Bulgarian Turks who have moved to Turkey Cover Image
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The image of the Turks in the republic of turkey through the eyes of the Bulgarian Turks who have moved to Turkey
The image of the Turks in the republic of turkey through the eyes of the Bulgarian Turks who have moved to Turkey

Author(s): Mila Maeva
Subject(s): Anthropology
Published by: Институт за етнология и фолклористика с Етнографски музей при БАН

Summary/Abstract: Between December 1984 and January 1985, the Bulgarian government managed to carry through a programme of changing all Arabic-Turkish names to Bulgarian ones (Christian, or, respectively Slavic) and of leaving behind all the Islamic customs, rites and rituals among the Bulgarian Turks1. Bulgaria, which had, until not long before, recognised them to be a national minority, stated that all the Moslems were the successors not of the “coloniser-Turks”, but of the Bulgarians, forcefully converted to Islam during the course of the Turkish rule2. A process of “giving back the Bulgarian identity to the heirs to the Bulgarian citizens converted to Islam and turned Turkish” took place in the country...

  • Issue Year: III/2006
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 103-112
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English