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Bosnians were not forced to convert

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Submitted by agnostic (Turkey), Aug 20, 2011 at 06:36

Before ottoman invasion, Bosnian church were considered already heretic. When Bogomils, who belonged to another gnostic heretic church took refuge in bosnia because they were chased by other christians throughout europe , also by Serbians.

In time, Bogomils and bosnian church merged . they had alwys problemes with their fellow christians .

when ottoman army invaded, they ,the bosnians cooperated with turks against the serbians. they were not forced to convert, they converted because so they gained a priviliged status against the serbian christians who didn't convert and therefore were dhimmis.

Most of the time the ottomans didn't use force to convert the christians . they were very content with the christians as dhimmis so they could tax them much more heavily. they could exploit people better when they stayed christians .

and regarding the janisseries , who were converted forcefully when they were young boys, this is another story. These poor christian boys were educated, became pashas, prime ministers,ministers. they had a great chance to become rich and influential . some christian families in fact gave their sons freely, so they could help them later, which in fact they did.

Ottomans were also intolerant and cruel against the muslim sects which they considered heretical.During their reign they massacred hundreds of thousands alevits. these alevits were/are turkish themselves.

arabian and ottoman imperialism and jihad didn't only harm christians, it harmed turks too.

but this is the nature of imperialism, it always hurt many peoples. In the past and in the present. arabs and ottomans were not the only imperialists in the history. try to be a bit objective.

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