A City Where CulturesWere Kneaded

The city of Bursa had been influenced by variouscultural effects. Non-Muslims and muslims had livedtogether for 7 centuries in this city. Just before85 years, the rate of non-Muslim people were exceedingone third of the Muslim population.The rates of non-Muslim population in Bursa was1.44 in 1487, 3.01 in 1530, and 6.07 in 1573. Sincethat date, the rate of non-Muslims had always elevatedagainst Muslim population. One of the mainreasons of that was Turks were always going to the5 9 FROM PRUSA TO BURSABursa Metropolitan Municipality has mobilized all its sources to provide a quality and modern educationwars and thus could have had no chance to settledown. Besides, there were slave villages in Bursa insignificant amounts. It is understood that these slavesconverted to their former religions after theyhad been freed.In 1831, the population rate of non-Muslims reached34.69%. As a result of the placement of “93 immigrants”in surroundings of Bursa, the non-Muslimrate in city center dropped to 22.36 in 1894 andto 21.77 in 1906.At the beginning of the 20th century, it can be evidentlyobserved that there have been no differencesremained between Muslims and non-Muslims.