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The Torbesh are a Muslim Slav Macedonian peoples. The name is somewhat pejorative and means 'the bag carriers'. This is one of the informal names for Slav Macedonians who converted to Islam during the Ottoman period. Part of this same group only with a different name are also Gorani in Kosovo. Torbesh do not have very firm Macedonian national affiliations, nor a separate, Torbesh identity. The last Macedonian census of 2002 confirmed the deep split in the Torbesh community of the Republic of Macedonia, however, members of it declared themselves mainly as the Macedonian Muslims. A Muslim (Arabic: مسلم) (sometimes also spelled Moslem) is an adherent of Islam. ... The Macedonian Slavs are an ethnic group which inhabits the geographical region of Macedonia in south-eastern Europe and speaks the Macedonian language. ... The Macedonian Slavs are an ethnic group which inhabits the geographical region of Macedonia in south-eastern Europe and speaks the Macedonian language. ... â–¶ (help· info) (Arabic: الإسلام; al- islām, the submission to God) is a monotheistic faith, one of the Abrahamic religions and the worlds second-largest religion. ... The Gorani are a Slavic ethnic group living in a region called Gora (Slavic for Mountain or Forest), mostly within the former Kossovo Vilayet of European Turkey during the Ottoman Empire, just south of Prizren in the province of Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia and Montenegro (currently under Nato administration), and... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official languages Macedonian Capital Skopje President Branko Crvenkovski Prime Minister Vlado Bučkovski Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % water Ranked 146th  25,333 km²  1. ... The Macedonian Muslims are a minority group within the Macedonian Slav community who profess the Islamic faith. ...

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There is no Slavic Macedonian that converted to Islam or by prober call was forced to convert. The Torbesh are related to the Albanians and live in western Macedonia. Cheveneburi means ours an ethnic identity for Georgian immigrants who came from Acharia in 1877 after the Ottoman-Russo wars. ... Official language Georgian Capital Batumi ISO code GE.AJ Head of the Government Levan Varshalomidze Area  - Total  - % water 2,900 km² n/a Population  - Total (1989)  - Density 392,432 135. ... The term refers to a religious minority in western Thrace, in north-east Greece. ... Pomaks can mean: Muslim Bulgarians, the descendants of Bulgarian Christians who converted to Islam under the Ottomans. ... The Pontian Greeks are Greeks from the shores of the Black Sea, the Pontus. ... Hamsheni elder from BaÅŸ HemÅŸin Hamshenis (Turkish HemÅŸinli(ler)) are a distinct ethnic group (of Armenian origin) in the Black Sea region of Turkey. ... The Gagauz are a Turkic people minority of southern Moldova (in Gagauzia) and of southwestern Ukraine (in Budjak) that numbers around 250,000. ...

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Urban Dictionary: torbesh (146 words)
note that not all slavic muslims in macedonia are torbesh.
its debated by historians if the torbesh are originally croats or serbs or macedonians or bulgarians.
torbesh are a result of 500 years of ottoman rule
Pomaks, Bulgaria, Turks, Turkey, Thrace, Pomak, brought, Greece, forced, Turkish, Rhodope, Popovic, Europe - Pomaks (2091 words)
With the end of the process of conversion the Pomaks (and the Torbesh) found themselves concentated in the Rhodopes, but with important settlements in eastern Macedonia and on the Danube districts, where they could be found centered around Lovech, Pleven and Oryahovo.
The agha in 1890 also had a permanent ambassador at Plovdiv that provided visitors with a special visa to the territory controlled by the Rhodope Pomaks.
The Czech historian Konstantin Jireček estimated at the turn of the 19th century that Torbesh and Pomaks were no less than half a million, even if Turkish sources reduce this number to 200,000.
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