Turks of the Dodecanese
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The Turks of the Dodecanese are a community of 5,500 Turkish-speaking people and ethnic Turks living on the Dodecanese islands of Rhodes (Turkish: Rodos) and Kos (Turkish: İstanköy) who were not affected by the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey, since the islands were under the rule of the Kingdom of Italy at the time (from 1912). All inhabitants of the islands became Greek citizens after 1947 when the islands became part of Greece.
As a result of this incorporation into Greece and due to the situation following the Cyprus conflict and the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 many Muslim Turks left the islands and settled in Turkey. Many of them were deprived of their Greek citizenship and property. Some of those who stayed abandoned the Turkish language and their religion.
The more general term Adalı is sometimes used (meaning "islanders").
The president of their association Mazlum Paizanoglou estimates the number in Rhodes as 2500 and in Kos as 2000. http://arsiv.ntv.com.tr/news/23898.asp
- Minorities in Greece
- Turkish minorities in the former Ottoman Empire
- Greek Muslims
- Turks of Western Thrace
- Cretan Turks
- Muslim minority of Greece
- Clogg 2002, 84.
- News article on the publication of the constitutive article for the Turkish Muslim Association of Kos in the Greek Official Gazette (in Turkish) Archived July 8, 2004, at the Wayback Machine
- Turkish wedding in Rhodes attended by Abdullah Gül (in Turkish)