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Karamanlides are a Turkish-speaking ethnic group that are of Orthodox Christian faith. ...


They numbered seveal hundred thousand and lived in the Karaman region of Turkey (in the Central Anatolia) and their origin is debatable: Most evidence would point to them being Orthodox Greeks that adopted Turkish language however it has been raised that they are possibly Turks that converted to Christianity. The fact that they wrote the Turkish language with the Greek alphabet is an indicator that they were ethnic Greeks. A strong argument that they were ethnic Greeks would say that although they spoke Turkish and took their name from Karaman which is Turkish, it is quite unlikely that any Turk or Muslim would ever convert to christianity as under the Ottoman Sharia law such an action had the penalty of death. The sheer number of Karamanlides and the fact that their origins are in Anatolia, the heart of the Ottoman Empire would suggest that they were a large group of Christians given the choice of keeping their language or their faith as was common during the Ottoman Empire. Karaman is a town in south central Turkey, located north of the Taurus Mountains, ca 100 km south of Konya. ... Asia Minor lies east of the Bosporus, between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. ... Note: This article contains special characters. ...


In the population exchanges between Greece and Turkey (1923), Turkey and Greece decided to exchange population based on religion, rather than on language, so all Muslims of Greece were deported to Turkey, while all Orthodox Christians of Turkey were deported to Greece. West boarders of Turkey The Treaty of Lausanne was a peace treaty that was signed in Lausanne, Switzerland on July 24, 1923 by Turkey and Entente powers that fought in the First World War and in the Turkish Independence War. ...


Following this treaty, Greek-speaking Muslims (such as the Epirus and Cretan Muslims) were sent to Turkey and all Turkish-speaking Christians (including the Karamanlides) were sent to Greece. Epirus (Greek Ήπειρος, Ípeiros; see also List of traditional Greek place names), is a province or periphery in northwestern Greece, bounded by West Macedonia and Thessaly to the east, by the province of Sterea Ellada (Central Greece) to the south, the Ionian Sea and the Ionian Islands to the west and...


The Karamanlides had no easy time in their new country, as they did not speak Greek, and during the dictatorship of Ioannis Metaxas, usage of Turkish in public was forbidden. Ioannis Metaxas Ioannis Metaxas (Greek Ιωάννης Μεταξάς, April 12, 1871 - January 29, 1941) was a Greek General and the Prime Minister of Greece from 1936 until his death. ...


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Karamanlides (301 words)
Karamanlides are a Turkish-speaking ethnic group that are of Orthodox Christian faith.
The sheer number of Karamanlides and the fact that their origins are in Anatolia, the heart of the Ottoman Empire would suggest that they were a large group of Christians given the choice of keeping their language or their faith as was common during the Ottoman Empire.
The Karamanlides had no easy time in their new country, as they did not speak Greek, and during the dictatorship of Ioannis Metaxas, usage of Turkish in public was forbidden.
Karamanlides - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (315 words)
Karamanlides are a Turkish-speaking ethnic group that are of Orthodox Christian faith.
The sheer number of Karamanlides and the fact that their origins are in Anatolia, the heart of the Ottoman Empire would suggest that they were a large group of Christians given the choice of keeping their language or their faith as was common during the Ottoman Empire.
The Karamanlides had no easy time in their new country, as they did not speak Greek, and during the dictatorship of Ioannis Metaxas, usage of Turkish in public was forbidden.
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