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The Balkan Peninsula is an ancient historical region. As a consequence of its geopolitical position, the Balkan Peninsula, through the ages, displayed a distinct historical and cultural homogeneity. A history of the Balkans in general is an inseparable part of Muslim history. The common history of the Muslim Balkans, mainly with reference to the Osrnanli period, is documented and preserved in millions of written records presently kept in the Osmanli archives in Turkey, and in various Balkan countries and elsewhere.