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Old 13.09.2016, 09:16
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Re: All about Muslims (in the wake of terrorist attacks in Europe)

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Thanks for bringing this up. As the title says European Muslims have existed here relatively quietly for a long time. Most of the ones I know (mainly from ex-Yugoslavian countries) don't wear burks, hijabs or burkinis and are not very fundamentalist in their religion.
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In some parts of the Balkans most traditional Muslims are actually of Turkish or Tatar ethnical origins, legacy of the Ottoman Empire.
I don't know what's the situ in ex-Yugoslavia, but back home they identify more with an ethnicity/culture than with a religion. They're proud Turks, not proud Muslims. I don't remember the tiniest conflict in those areas that are indeed very multicultural.
There are a lot of differences between the gentle Islam they practice and the religious ethos from other regions, you can't even compare. They were practically "assimilated" into the main culture and are one of the most loyal minorities. (along with the German minority)

Edit: I miss the coffee from "the Turks". :-)


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