Ottoman society was comprised of many different communities with overlapping linguistic, ethnic, and confessional identities. One such community, the Karamanlis of Anatolia, was a group that spoke Turkish and shared in a common Anatolian folk culture but maintained a Greek Orthodox religious belief and used the Greek alphabet in their Turkish language writings. During the nineteenth century, with the rise of ethnic nationalism and tensions between the Ottoman Empire (later Turkey) and Greece in particular, this group was caught in the middle. In this podcast, Ayça Baydar gives an overview of Karamanli culture and self-identification throughout this period of confusion and transformation.
Ayça Baydar is a PhD student at SOAS in London focusing on Ottoman history (see academia.edu)
Chris Gratien is a PhD candidate studying the history of the modern Middle East at Georgetown University (see academia.edu)
Citation: "Karamanli Culture in the Ottoman Empire: Hybridity, Identity and Ethnicity," Ayça Baydar and Chris Gratien, Ottoman History Podcast, No. 65 (August 16, 2012) http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2012/08/karamanli-culture-in-ottoman-empire.html.
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