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Muslims and Christians in the Bulgarian Rhodopes. by Magdalena Lubanska

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4 “Adat Orthodox Christianity”

When asked why they cultivated certain rites, my Orthodox Christian respondents often replied that those were adet (Turkish: adet, Arabic: sing. ‘adah, pl. ‘adat)214 meaning tradition, an attitude in where, to borrow a phrase from Ludwik Stomma, a Polish ethnologist, customs are observed in order to “keep things as they are, which is as they should be” (Stomma 1986, p. 82). Although the Bulgarian word “tradition” [Bulgarian: traditsiya] is sometimes used as well, the Turkish word adet215 prevails, indicating strong Ottoman influence216 in the studied region. Accordingly, I refer to the local model of Orthodox Christianity as “Adat Christianity”, a term I prefer to the existing categories describing the unofficial ...

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