Religion, politics and ethnicity in Cyprus during the Turkocratia (1571–1878)

  title={Religion, politics and ethnicity in Cyprus during the Turkocratia (1571–1878)},
  author={Paul Sant-Cassia},
  journal={European Journal of Sociology},
  pages={3 - 28}
  • Paul Sant-Cassia
  • Published 1 May 1986
  • Sociology, History
  • European Journal of Sociology
This paper examines the relationship between religion, ethnicity and politics in Cyprus during the Turkocratia (1571–1878), the period of Ottoman rule. Its major thesis is that in the pre-industrial framework of Ottoman rule in Cyprus neither religion nor ethnicity were major sources of conflict in a society composed of two ethnic groups (Greeks and Turks) and following two monotheistic faiths(Christianity and Islam) in marked contrast to the recent history of Cyprus. In broad outline it… 
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