Why Bosniaks Are Interested In Turkey

Bosnia and Herzegovina (abbreviated BiH or B&H, sometimes called Bosnia–Herzegovina), often known informally as Bosnia. It is a country in South and Southeast Europe, located within the Balkans and Sarajevo is the capital and largest city.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is home to three ethnic groups: Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats. But in most languages, including English, all the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina are called Bosnian, without regard to ethnic identity. The main thing that distinguishes Serbs, Croats, and Bosniaks who live in the same geography and speak different mouths of the same language is the difference in religion and sect. As a result of the Ottoman Empire's conquest of the region, the crowded masses there became Muslims and there were many changes in the socio-cultural structure. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ottoman-Turkish influence is observed in many areas such as language, architecture, literature, traditions, and customs (such as Mevlit recitation).

Bosniak culture blended with Ottoman-Turkish culture and Bosniaks adopted the characteristics of Ottoman-Turkish culture. In Bosnian, forms of religious terms taken from Turkish, not Arabic, are used (such as Namaz (prayer) is used not Salat, Abdest (the word ablution) is used not Vudu).

                                                          Sarajevo in 1697

With the coming to power of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, there was a complete civilizational shock for Bosniaks in the region from an economic, political, religious, and cultural point of view. Bosniaks who lost their freedom were also worried that they would lose their religion, customs and culture. Apart from these reasons, there were five major waves of emigration from Bosnia to Turkey between 1878 and 1918 after the persecution of Bosnia by the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We can say that the fact that Bosniaks feel that they belong to the Ottoman Empire both in terms of politics and civilization also has an impact on these migrations.

Today, about 3 million Bosniaks live happily and freely in 13 different provinces in Turkey. Bosnians, both Turkish traditions and Customs and Turkish culture due to their similarities and sympathies to the purchase of housing in Turkey is quite high demand. Citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina, which are on the list of countries where reciprocity is not required, can very easily own property from Turkey.