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Subject Religion » Christianity

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631232032.2001.x


A people, mainly Muslim and speaking a language related to Bulgarian, found throughout thrace , though the mountainous Rhodope area is their homeland (Pomakia). The Pomaks, possibly descended from the ancient Bessi, converted to Islam in the ottoman period (seventeenth century). Other Slav Muslims include the Torbeshis or Poturs of macedonia and the Bosniaks ( see bosnia-herzegovina ). Individual Pomaks and entire communities, however, have returned to eastern orthodox Christianity, many responding to Greek and Bulgarian missions active in Thrace since 1912, a few, like Boris the Pomak (1913), martyred for embracing Christianity. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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