Aspects of muslim culture in the Ottoman Balkans: A view from eighteenth-century Salonica

Eyal Ginio*

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This chapter explores the question from the angle of one case study: the cultural life and perspectives of eighteenth-century Muslims who inhabited the Ottoman port city of Salonica and its hinterland. It explores the cultural interaction between Greece and the Balkans from the angle: Salonica as a major urban centre of Ottoman learning and Muslim Orthodoxy and the local Muslims' perspectives on the cultural world of the masses who lived around them. One of the important issues relating to the Balkan Muslims is whether we can single out a distinct Islamic culture or cultures that developed in the Balkans based, to some extent, on the absorption and islamization of earlier local pagan or Christian cultures. When looking for a symbol that represented high culture for the Salonican elite, the honorific place given to the book is clearly evident. An interesting comparison can be made between food designated for the elite and the "deserving poor" and food consumed by ordinary Salonicans.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationGreece and the Balkans
Subtitle of host publicationIdentities, Perceptions and Cultural Encounters since the Enlightenment
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351932189
ISBN (Print)0754609987, 9780754609988
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Publisher Copyright:
© Dimitris Tziovas 2003.


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