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The Divergence of Judaism and IslamInterdependence, Modernity, and Political Turmoil$
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Michael M. Laskier and Yaacov Lev

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813037516

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813037516.001.0001

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Sharing the Same Fate: Muslims and Jews of the Balkans

Sharing the Same Fate: Muslims and Jews of the Balkans

(p.51) 4 Sharing the Same Fate: Muslims and Jews of the Balkans
The Divergence of Judaism and Islam

Ömer Turan

University Press of Florida

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

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