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Islam and religious transformation in Adjara / Thomas Liles
AuthorLiles, Thomas
PublishedFlensburg : European Center for Minority Issues, 2012 ; Halle (Saale) : Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt, 2012
HostHalle (Saale) : Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt
DescriptionOnline-Ressource (Text, 23 S., 311 kB)
SeriesECMI working paper ; 57
Document typeE-Book
URLVerlag ; Verlag
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The Autonomous Republic of Adjara located in the southwest corner of Georgia along the Turkish border has been the scene of a peculiar religious transformation in the last two decades. Specifically large segments of Adjara's traditionally Muslim population have undergone a relatively quick rate of conversion to Christianity. Whereas the region's population was predominantly Muslim at the time of the Soviet Union's collapse or at least nominally so after seven decades of official Soviet atheism more recent figures indicate that Adjara's confessional makeup is approximately 65% Christian and 30% Muslim. Unlike Georgia's other Muslim groups in the Kvemo Kartli region and Pankisi where Muslims are ethnic Azeris and Kists respectively Adjara's Muslims are ethnically Georgian.
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