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A Muslim Tale of Two Cities: ‘We Met the Trains’

The forced migration of Muslims from the Balkans to Turkey is one of the least known movements of people in modern times. In "A Muslim Tale of Two Cities" Frances Trix focuses on urban Muslims from the central Balkans and the hometown associations they founded in Turkish cities.

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Apr. 10, 2013
2:30pm – 3:30pm

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4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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A Muslim Tale of Two Cities: ‘We Met the Trains’

The forced migration of Muslims from the Balkans to Turkey is one of the least known movements of people in modern times. In A Muslim Tale of Two Cities: ‘We Met the Trains’  Frances Trix focuses on urban Muslims from the central Balkans and the hometown associations they founded in Turkish cities. The oldest of these, one from Skopje, is now second only to the Red Crescent in urban outreach in Istanbul. Trix describes the background of this group and their city—its Ottoman heritage, their becoming a minority, and why they had to leave their homes. Trix shows how they built their association in Istanbul, what role Islam plays in their activities, and how they cope with trauma and loss through music, mevlids, outreach, and poetry. For Muslim refugees in a Muslim land, their association and experience stand in stark contrast to much international relief.

Frances Trix is Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology at Indiana University and a Global Europe program fellow at the Wilson Center. She is the author of The “Sufi Journey of Baba Rexheb” (2009) and editor of “Muslim Voices and Lives in the Contemporary World” (2008). She has written on Kosova and Albanians, and discourse analysis of professional and Muslim communities.

Speaker

Frances Trix

Frances Trix

Fellow;
Professor of Linguistics and Anthropology, Indiana University, Bloomington
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Global Europe Program

The Global Europe Program addresses vital issues affecting Europe’s relations with the rest of the world through scholars-in-residence, seminars, international conferences and publications. These programmatic activities cover wide-ranging topics include: European energy security, the role of the European Union and NATO, democratic transitions, and counter-terrorism, among others. The program also investigates comparatively European approaches to policy issues of importance to the United States, including migration, global governance, and relations with Russia, China and the Middle East.  Read more

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