RELIGION, EDUCATION AND THE CONFIGURATION OF NATIONAL IDENTITY IN THE OTTOMAN MILLET’S CONTEXT: A CASE STUDY OF THE BLACK SEA ORTHODOX COMMUNITIES (1453-1923)

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

MENON ©online Journal Of Educational Research, 4th Issue, April 2017, University of Western Macedonia - Faculty of Education, Issue 4, Florina, Greece, p.17 (2017)

Keywords:

education, Greek Orthodox community, millet, national identity, religion

Abstract:

The present research focuses on the relationship between religion, nationalism and education in the Greek-Orthodox communities of the Rum millet during the period 1453-1923, within the framework of the Ottoman Empire. The research period extends until the Treaty of Lausanne (1923), when the visions and high expectations of modern Greek nationalism were lost. The choice of the ottoman Black Sea area as a field of research is related to the fact that it is one of the few areas where it is possible to follow the conversion process of the Rum millet’s identity into a national one on a broader scale. The present study uses the historical interpretive method. Finally, the study discusses the conversion process of the “Rum millet’s” identity into a Greek national identity through the mechanisms of education, and attempts to interpret the impact on the goals of Orthodox education, within the Black Sea communities

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