I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! I have two neighbours and would like to know to which of them I should give presents.” He replied, “To the one whose door is nearer to you.”
(al-Bukhari Hadith157 3:460)
This chapter examines the relations between Bulgarian-speaking Muslims and their Orthodox Christian neighbours within the framework of two prevalent narratives concerning non-coreligionist neighbours. One narrative focuses on komshuluk158, good relations between neighbours and in doing so reflects a cultural strategy developed by the local community; the other reflects ...