Unabated Struggle Between Sun of Vergina, Double-headed Eagle and Turkish Crescent: The Torbeshes of Macedonia Cover Image

Vergina Güneşi, Çiftbaşlı Kartal ve Türk Hilalî Arasında Bitmeyen Mücadele: Makedonya Torbeşleri
Unabated Struggle Between Sun of Vergina, Double-headed Eagle and Turkish Crescent: The Torbeshes of Macedonia

Author(s): Fahri Türk
Subject(s): Civil Society, Political history, Government/Political systems, Ethnic Minorities Studies, Identity of Collectives, Turkish language
Published by: Trakya Üniversitesi - İktisadi ve İdari Bilimler Fakültesi
Keywords: Torbeshes of Macedonia; Identity; Turkish Language; Kirchova; Macedonian Government; Association of Muslim Macedonians; Political Life;

Summary/Abstract: This study analyses how and to what purpose the concept “Torbesh” is used in Macedonia. Within this context the efforts of the Macedonian government for creating an authentic Muslim Macedonian identity in the aftermath of the Second World War has explored in a retrospective point of view, that is reflected in founding of Manifest of Culture and Science of Muslim Macedonians under the leadership of Niyazi Limanowski in 1979. This process shifted in a new and different stage with the foundation of Association of Macedonian Muslims after the passing away of Limanowski. The leader of the last mentioned association Ismail Boyda pursues a policy aimed at not only Macedonians of Macedonia but also regarding the Macedonians in the neighbouring countries including Turkey. The aim of this research work is to focus on the activities of the Association of Muslim Macedonians towards outside Torbeshes and on their participation in the political life of the country as well. Moreover, this research work deals with Torbeshes and their attitude towards Turkish as a construction language, which is not analysed adequately in other scientific surveys.

  • Issue Year: 9/2018
  • Issue No: 17
  • Page Range: 1-18
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Turkish