Minorities in the Ottoman Empire


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  • A Crumbling Empire

The Ottoman Empire had a significant non-Muslim population apart from the Armenians. Ethnic Greeks had been living in Constantinople and western Turkey for centuries. There was also a thriving community of Pontian Greeks living in the Pontus region on the coast of the Black Sea. These communities practiced Greek Orthodox Christianity. Between half a million and one million Assyrian Christians lived in southeastern Ottoman Turkey, particularly in the Vilayet of Diarbekir, Bitlis, and Van. Assyrian Christianity follows a unique liturgical tradition.