I can believe it that there are so many Bosniaks in Jordan/Palestine!!!!!!! Why did they settle there en masse? Or were they SETTLED there by the Ottomans??
They are leftovers of the Ottoman army. A lot of Bosniacs didn't feel the need to go back to Bosnia when the Empire turned its back on it. Many Bosniacs felt threatened that they had no one to protect them from the Christian uprising that was to ensue later on so some Bosniacs opted to leave for Turkey and I guess most of those that were left in the old war fronts chose to do the same.
This is similar to those UN soldiers who throughout the war got married to a Bosnian woman and stayed there. A woman I know Irma worked as a translator in Tuzla and fell in love with a peacekeeper from USA who was stationed down there. He chose to stay in BiH and make a family there, they had 4 kids with all Bosnian first names and an American last name.
If that guy stayed and made 4 new Bosnian-Americans.. you can imagine how many others have done the same back when Ottoman soldiers were scattered around the world.
Last Edit: Nov 22, 2008 14:19:46 GMT -5 by sweetnugs