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HIST 529 Bulgaria under the Ottoman Rule: History and Sources

Medieval Bulgarian state before the Ottomans. Ottoman conquest - from "Bulgarian Empire" to Ottoman Rumelia. Turkish colonization in Bulgaria: ahis, gazis, dervishes, and yürüks in the early colonization process. Demographic structure of Bulgarian lands under Ottoman rule. Ottoman towns and Turkish settlements in the rural area. Administrative division of Rumelia, communication system and trade routes. Conversion to Islam in urban and rural areas. Islamization process in Bulgarian lands as a contemporary myth. Ottoman culture in Bulgaria. Sources for the study of the Ottoman rule in Bulgarian lands. Credit units: 3 ECTS Credit units: 5.

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