#010 – Muslims in Greece between Empire and Nation State: The Case of Thessaly and Arta, 1878-1897

with Nicole Immig



In this installment we approach the strategies of integration and mobility of Muslims after the end of Ottoman rule in Thessaly and Arta. The shift from imperial to national province implied new challenges and costraints for the Muslim population that has left only a few traces in those areas. However, these territories also offer a privileged angle to question the dominant narrative of intolerance, ethnic cleansing and immediate forced displacement in late 19th and early 20th century Balkans. Pragmatism both on the side of the authorities and Muslim citizens seems to have prevailed in many regards, from public commemorations to judiciary cases to the preservation of the architectural heritage. The episode was recorded during the conference “Balkan Worlds III: Power Networks in the Imperial and Post-Imperial Balkans”, Thessaloniki 06-08.10.2016.


Nicole Immig is a postdoctoral researcher at the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena. She is interested in Historical Migrations in the Balkans, Visual History, Heritage Studies and the Cultural History of World War One  in South Eastern Europe. She loves travelling, hiking tours in the Balkan mountains and long coffee talks. Currently she is preparing a new research project on the cultural and visual  history of the Balkan Front in World War One. Nicole is the author of the monograph “Zwischen Partizipation und Emigration.  Muslime in Griechenland 1878-1897”, published by Harrassowitz.

To cite this episode: Immig, Nicole; Guidi, Andreas (2016): Muslims in Greece between Empire and Nation State: The Case of Thessaly and Arta, 1878-1897, The Southeast Passage #010, 14.11.2016, http://thesoutheastpassage.com/podcast/immig-muslims-greece-thessaly


Further reading:

Höpken, Wolfgang: Flucht vor dem Kreuz? Muslimische Emigration aus Südosteuropa nach dem Ende der osmanischen Herrschaft (19./20. Jahrhundert), in: Höpken, Wolfgang (Hrsg.), Zwangsmigrationen in Mittel- und Südosteuropa, Comparativ 8 (1996), 1-24.

Immig, Nicole: Der Staat und seine „Neubürger“: Territoriale Erweiterung und muslimische Minderheiten in Griechenland im 19. Jahrhundert, in: Ganzenmüller, Jörg/Tönsmeyer, Tanja (Hrsg.), Vom Vorrücken des Staates in die Fläche. Ein europäisches Phänomen des langen 19. Jahrhunderts, Böhlau, Köln 2016, 81-110.

Immig, Nicole: Ottoman Past, National Discourses on Muslim Populations and their Architectural Legacy in Arta and Thessaly, in: Stamatopoulos, Dimitris (Hrsg.), Balkan Nationalism(s) and the Ottoman Empire, Bd. 1, ISIS, Istanbul 2015, 143-158.

Immig, Nicole: The „New“ Muslim Minorities in Greece: Between Emigration and Political Participation, 1881 – 1886, in: Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 29, 4 (2009), 511-522.

Mazower, Mark: Salonika, CIty of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950, New York, Harper Collins 2004.  (Quoted in the introduction).

Sfika-Theodosiou, Angeliki, I Prosartisi tis Thessalias. I proti fasi stin ensomatosi mias ellinikis eparchias sto Elliniko Kratos, Thessaloniki 1989.

Sundhaussen, Holm, Geschichte Südosteuropas als Migrationsgeschichte: Eine Skizze, in: Südostforschungen 65/66 (2006/2007), 422-460.

Toumarkine, Alexandre: Les migrations des populations musulmanes balkaniques en Anatolie (1876-1913), ISIS, Istanbul 1995 (Cahiers du Bosphore 13).

Vierhaus, Rudolf, Die Rekonstruktion historischer Lebenswelten, in: Lehmann, Hartmut (Hrsg.), Wege einer neuen Kulturgeschichte, Wallstein, Göttingen 1995, 6-28.



German copy of a French map of Thessaly and its border area from 1879


Cover of the newspaper “Salpigx” from Larissa, 1883. The article in the left column reads “Electoral Parties of Larissa”
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