Turkish people

Turkic ethnic group primarily living in Turkey

The Turkish people (Turkish: Türkler), are the world's largest Turkic ethnic group; they speak different dialects of the Turkish language and is populated in Turkey and Northern Cyprus.

Turks
Türkler
Map of the Turkish Diaspora in the World.svg
Map of the Turkish people in the world
Total population
c. 80 million
Regions with significant populations
 Turkey  60,000,000–65,000,000[1][2]
 Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus  315,000[3]

CultureEdit

ReligionEdit

 
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, is a religious building.

Turkish people are predominantly Sunni Muslims, the largest branch of Islam. Many Turks are practising its Hanafi denomination. The most followed branch after Sunnism is Alevism-Bektashism.

TraditionsEdit

Turkish traditions can be found in Turkey but can also be found in other Turkic countries. This includes Turkish Oil Wrestling, Sünnet-Partys of Boys, Belly dance, Karakucak Guresh etc.

DiasporaEdit

 
The Turkish people are populated in the former Ottoman Empire. They form a majority in Turkey and Northern Cyprus.

They are a big Turkish diaspora. There are also large Turkish minorities in the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the Arab world.

Turkish people are the largest minority group in Bulgaria, the second largest minority group in Iraq, Libya, North Macedonia, and Syria. There are large Turkish communities in the Western Thrace region of Greece, the Dobruja region of Romania, the Akkar region in Lebanon. Turkish people are also the largest ethnic minority group in Austria, Denmark, Netherlands, and especially in Germany, see Turks in Germany.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Garibova, Jala (2011), "A Pan-Turkic Dream: Language Unification of Turks", in Fishman, Joshua; Garcia, Ofelia (eds.), Handbook of Language and Ethnic Identity: The Success-Failure Continuum in Language and Ethnic Identity Efforts, Oxford University Press, p. 268, ISBN 9780199837991, Approximately 200 million people,... speak nearly 40 Turkic languages and dialects. Turkey is the largest Turkic state, with about 60 million ethnic Turks living in its territories.
  2. Hobbs, Joseph J. (2017), Fundamentals of World Regional Geography, Cengage, p. 223, ISBN 9781305854956, The greatest are the 65 million Turks of Turkey, who speak Turkish, a Turkic language...
  3. "KKTC 2011 NÜFUS VE KONUT SAYIMI" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2014.