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Islam in Post-communist Bulgaria

Nadège Ragaru


During the first years of the Bulgarian transition to democracy, all indicators seemed to point towards an impending explosion of interethnic hatred. Located at the crossroads of Islam and Christianity, this predominantly Orthodox country harbors a 13.1% strong Muslim minority, which was subjected to forcible assimilation under communist rule.1 The assimilation policy reached a climax in 1984–1985, when around 800,000 Bulgarian Turks were forced to renounce their Turkish-Arabic names in favor of Slavic patronyms within the framework of the so-called “Revival Process,” a campaign that aimed at precipitating the unification of the Bulgarian nation (...).
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hal-03603160 , version 1 (09-03-2022)



Nadège Ragaru. Islam in Post-communist Bulgaria: An Aborted Clash of Civilizations?. Nationalities Papers, 2001, 29 (2), pp.293 - 324. ⟨hal-03603160⟩


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