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Development of the Austman Identity
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A brief description of the creation of the identity of the people known as Austmans
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The Austmans are a population of High German speaking peoples concentrated mainly in the eastern portions of the Republic of Austria. They are distinguished from their fellow German-speaking neighbors by their adoption of Islam as a religion following the Ottoman Empire's conquest of the Kingdom of Austria in the late 16th century. The Austman language is firmpy rooted in the Austro-Bavarian dialects of the German speaking coreof Austria, diverging drastically from the Standardized variety of German, being much more reflective of the Austrian vernacular, as well as incorporating vast numbers of loanwords from Arabic, Persia, Turkish, South Slavic languages, and Albanian due to Ottoman influence.

Origins of the Austmans as a people
The Austmans are physically and genetically indistinguishable from their Christian bretheren. Indeed, inspite of mythological tales to attempt to alienate and portray them as outsiders and invaders, the Austmans are little more than Islamized Germans.

Following the fall of the Kingdom of Austria and its absorbtion into the Ottoman Empire, a portion of the German population of the empire began to convert to Islam for a variety of reasons. These early converts are thought to have had little impact on the formation of the Austman ethnic group, as they mostly adopted the Turkish language and were assimilated into the Turkish ethnicity. The gradual taking of former Austrian lands

German-speaking Muslims did not begin to develop their own distinct culture until the arrival of Albanian administrators in Austria, opening the way for the Sufi groups that had been popular in Albania to migrate northward into Austria. Such Sufi groups promoted the Islamic religion in a context that allowed the Germans to maintain their own culture while integrating it into the Islamic religion. While the Bektashi sect of Sufism was strong in these early years, more German Muslims began to break from the order and its teachings, instead pursing more mainstream sufi orders, or turning to more mainstream Hanafi Sunni Islam.

With the genesis of an Islamic strain of High German culture, the separation of Germans and Austmans was set in place.

Economic Seperation
The lower taxation rate for Muslims in the Ottoman Empire allowed the Ausmans to quickly develop economic supremacy over their christian German counterparts.

The higher economic position of the Austmans allowed them to find their ways into positions of governance and to more easily come into education and high skilled work.
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