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ethnic georgian muslims in a christian-dominated nation | europe

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ethnic georgian muslims in a christian-dominated nation | europe

muslims have lived peacefully in georgia for centuries, a country with a majority of orthodox christians which considers itself as tolerant to all faiths, but a large number of people see islam as alien to the georgian national identity.most muslims in the southwestern region of adjara, where about 30 percent of ethnic georgians follow islam, live in the highlands.hurie abashidze, a 25-year-old postgraduate psychology student, grew up in one of the lush green mountainous villages of the area, which is close to the turkey border.but abashidze was sheltered from such sentiment amid nation-building in the newly independent georgia, following the collapse of the soviet union.she used to overhear her mother complain when ethnic georgian muslims were branded as "traitors" who worshipped the god of the country's famous invaders - arabs, persians and ottomans, but she had not encountered any negativity addressed to her until 2012.generally christianity is always equated with the georgian identity so the more muslims there are, the more risk of losing the georgian identity, according to them hurie abashidze, postgraduate psychology student that was when - at the age of 20 - she started wearing a hijab, a headscarf worn by many muslim women who feel it is part of their religion."generally, if you are not visually recognisable as a muslim, people are fine with you because they don't necessarily ask about your religion. but if you are wearing a hijab and express your religious...