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Muslims and Christians in the Bulgarian Rhodopes. by Magdalena Lubanska

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6 Muslim Religious Narratives and Perceptions of Christianity

As for the Christians… The Christians, well, please don’t be offended but they are deluded. They are deluded to believe in the cross, and in azreti Isa. Azreti was created, Miriam is his mother.

(Interview 3, Ribnovo 2005)

One simile in particular came up repeatedly in my field research, namely the idea that the difference between Islam and Christianity was very small, “as thin as an onion skin”. Initially, I presumed this was an off-the-cuff metaphor, coined in reply to my ethnographic querying, but the simile seems to be more established. One female respondent, Shukri of Gorno Drianovo, attributed it all the way back to the prophet Muhammad:

M.L.: What are the differences between ...

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