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OT Religion and language in Ottoman empire (question - Turco-Japanese)

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 23, 2004, 21:29
Roger Mills wrote:

> Something that has always intrigued me about Anatolia-- what happened to all > the Greek- (and perhaps other-)speaking people who were there before the > Turks came? Did their languages have no effect on Turkish??Only the > Armenians seem to have survived.
They probably converted to Islam and hence to Turkish. In most cases in the Ottoman empire preserving ones language and preserving ones religion went hand in hand. Converting OTOH meant total conversion -- religiously, linguistically and culturally. The main exceptions are the Bosnian and Albanian muslims, who were geographically peripheral and the Roma, who became either christian or muslim but generally preserved their language -- /BP 8^) -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! (Tacitus)


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>CHAT Anatolian groups (was Re: question - Turco-Japanese)