Sharing the Same Fate: Muslims and Jews of the Balkans

Ömer Turan

in The Divergence of Judaism and Islam

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780813037516
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813042107 | DOI:
Sharing the Same Fate: Muslims and Jews of the Balkans

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This chapter emphasizes commonalities among Muslims and Jews, but adopts a macro approach and crosses from modern to contemporary history, covering central Balkan states such as Edirne and Salonica in the heyday of Ottoman rule, and subsequently treating Romania and parts of Yugoslavia before and after its disintegration in the 1990s. It is sombre—a picture of Christian persecution of Jews and their rescue by Muslims. In post-Ottoman attacks by Christian nationalists on both Muslims and Jews, their common fate is significant. The consequences of the Serbian nationalist tides in the final decade of the twentieth century—the killing of hundreds of thousands of Bosnian Muslims and the departure of Jews from Sarajevo to other lands—are cases in point.

Keywords: Balkans; commonalities; interdependence; nationalisms; Romania; Yugoslavia; Edirne; Salonica; Bosnia

Chapter.  8960 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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