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Before the Nation – Muslim-Christian Coexistence and its Destruction in Late-Ottoman Anatolia - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Before the Nation: Muslim-Christian Coexistence and its Destruction in Late-Ottoman Anatolia

Nicholas Doumanis


The Greek Christians expelled from Anatolia between 1912 and 1924 often spoke about earlier times when they ‘lived well with the Turks’. They yearned for the days when they worked and drank coffee together, participated in each other’s festivals, and even revered the same saints and miracle-working shrines. Historians have never given serious regard to such oral traditions, given the refugees had been victims of horrific ‘ethnic’ violence that appeared to reflect deep pre-existing animosities. This book considers the rationality of such unlikely nostalgic traditions, which happen to be common ... More

Keywords: intercommunality, nostalgia, multiethnicity, Christian-Muslim relations, proto-nationalism, nationalism, popular religion, syncretism, political violence, marginality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199547043
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547043.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas Doumanis, author
Senior Lecturer in World History, University of New South Wales