Yazijioghlu 'Alī on the Christian Turks of the Dobruja

  title={Yazijioghlu 'Alī on the Christian Turks of the Dobruja},
  author={Paul Wittek},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  pages={639 - 668}
  • P. Wittek
  • Published 1 October 1952
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
The steppe which stretches between the Lower Danube and the Black Sea, from the Delta southward as far as the foothills of the Emine Dagh, and which since the middle of the 14th century has been called, after the Bulgarian prince Dobrotitsa, the Dobruja, is the homeland of a small Turkish-speaking people, the Gagauz. It is because of their religion that they appear as a distinct group among the Turks: they are Christians belonging to the Greek Orthodox Church. In the past the Gagauz may have… 

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