Religious and social life of the Bulgarian muslims (the case of Blagoevgrad district)

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Turkey

Approval Date: 2006

Thesis Language: Turkish


Supervisor: Vejdi Bilgin


As all over Bulgaria the muslims in Blagoevgrad district are minority. The most of them have succeeded in keeping their identities, believes and traditions and even if not with all details they try to practise their religion. The most of the muslims living in the region are from pomak origin and they speak the Pomak dialect of the Bulgarian language. Agriculture and animal husbandry are their main source of livelihood. Recently there have also been working opportunities in the sector of building trade and industry. A great deal of importance is given to the family institution among the Muslims living in Blagoevgrad. Their family relationships are very strong. Nuclear families in villages and extended ones in cities are prevalent. The religious life of the Muslims in Blagoevgrad district is maintained mainly by deeds of the inheritance coming from tradition. The proportion of attending the fundamental religious rituals by Muslim is low. Their daily life is predicated on superstitious beliefs. The source of the reason of identity crisis among Blagoevgrad Muslims is both ethnical and religious. The Muslims of Blagoevgrad district are to strive in order to learn and live according to their religion in the freedom that settled after communism and also they have to cope with the effects upon the sudden change caused by the value depression. In addition to these, they still have distrust of Bulgarian public and state stemming from the restraint that they have been exposed for years.