Neighboring Turkey has always caused fierce debates in Bulgaria on the 500 years of Ottoman rule, on the interpretation of historical facts, on the Communist regime's Revival Process to replace the names of Bulgarian Muslims with Christian ones, on the existence on an ethnic Turkish party – the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, on Bulgarian Turkish emigrants in Turkey, on the so-called "Turkish" vote and the possible EU membership of our neighbor.
This fall, passions flared even more with the airing on TV7 of the famous Turkish prime time historical soap opera TV series "The Magnificent Century" dedicated to the rule of the longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, also known as the Lawmaker and his love for Ukrainian (Slavic) concubine Hurrem (Roxelana, Roxolana), who conquered his heart and soul and even became his wife and queen, something unprecedented in Ottoman history.
Because we wanted to hear the opinion of a representative of the Turkish minority on these subjects, Novinite.com и Novinite.bg approached Bulgarian ethnic Turkish author and writer Ibrahim Karahasan-Chynar, one of the top and most renowned contemporary researchers on Balkan, Turkish and Ottoman history....
"....only one of them has been published in Turkish and it is a learn-to-read book – Picture Book for Children. I am very happy that it became the first book in Turkish in Bulgarian schools after 1989, allowing children to have a window to their native language."
Silly me - I was under the obviously mistaken impression that the "native language" of Bulgarians was Bulgarian.....
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