Macedonian Muslims

Macedonian Muslims

About Macedonian Muslims

The Macedonian Muslims (Macedonian: Makedonci-muslimani, Makedonci-muslimani), also known as Muslim Macedonians, Torbes, (Macedonian: Torbesh); (the latter name is slightly pejorative), in older sources Pomaks are a minority religious group within the community of ethnic Macedonians who are Muslims (primarily Sunni, although Sufism is widespread among the population). They have been culturally distinct from the majority Orthodox Christian Slavic Macedonian community for centuries, and are linguistically distinct from the larger Muslim ethnic groups in Macedonia: the Albanians and Turks. The Macedonian Muslims are often classed in 5 categories based on their home region. These regions are Gora, Debarska Zupa, Drimkol, Golo Brdo and the Reka region. The Macedonian Muslims are largely the descendants of Orthodox Christian Slavs from the region of Macedonia who converted to Islam during the centuries when the Ottoman Empire ruled the Balkans.

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