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Religious Separation and Political Intolerance in Bosnia-Herzegovina

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Mitja Velikonja has written a comprehensive survey that examines how religion has interacted with other aspects of Bosnia-Herzegovina's history. Velikonja sees the former Ottoman borderland as a distinct cultural and religious entity where three major faiths — Islam, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy — managed to coexist in relative peace. It is only during the past century that competing nationalisms have led to persecution, ethnic cleansing, and mass murder.<P>Emphasizing the importance of religion to nationalism as a symbol of collective identity that strengthens national identity, Velikonja notes that religious groups have a tendency to become isolated from one another. He believes Bosnia-Herzegovina was unique in its sarlikost, or diversity, because while religion defined ethnic communities there and kept them separate, it did not create a culture of intolerance. Rather than suppressing one another, the region's ethno-religious groups learned to cooperate and mediate their differences — useful behavior in an area that served as buffer between East and West for most of its history.<P>Velikonja believes that Bosnians went beyond tolerance to embrace synthetic, eclectic religious norms, with each religious group often borrowing customs and rituals from its rivals. Rather than the extreme orthodoxy evident elsewhere in Europe, Bosnia became the home of heterodoxy. Sadly, nationalism changed all that, and the area became the scene of systematic persecution, forced conversion, and mass slaughter.<P>Velikonja considers the misfortunes suffered by the Bosnians during the 1990s as largely the result of actions by their neighbors and local militants and inaction by the international community.But he also sees the tragedy that unfolded as the result of the exploitation of ethno-religious differences and myths by Serbian chauvinists and Croatian nationalists.<P>Despite the tragedy that overwhelmed Bosnia-Herzegovina, Velikonja believes that the region can find its

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Velikonja sees the former Ottoman borderland as a distinct cultural and religious entity where three major faiths—Islam, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy—managed to coexist in relative peace. It is only during the past century that competing nationalisms have led to persecution, ethnic cleansing, and mass murder. Here, he presents a comprehensive survey that examines how religion has interacted with other aspects of BosniaHerzegovina's history.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-350) and index.

About the Author

Mitja Velikonja earned a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he is currently an assistant professor. He has done advance study at Oxford's Keston Institute and the University of London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He has written several articles and two monographs on myth and religion in Eastern Europe.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781585442263
Translator:
Ng'inja, Rang'ichi
Author:
Ng'inja, Rang'ichi
Author:
Velikonja, Mitja
Author:
Ng�inja, Rang�ichi
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Location:
College Station
Subject:
General
Subject:
Comparative Religion
Subject:
History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Bosnia and hercegovina
Subject:
Sociology of Religion
Subject:
Ethnicity
Subject:
Religion and state
Subject:
Bosnia and Hercegovina Religion.
Subject:
Religion and state - Bosnia and Hercegovina -
Subject:
Europe - Eastern
Subject:
Religion Western-Social and Political Issues
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Eugenia and Hugh M. Stewart '26 Series on Eastern Europe
Series Volume:
1320
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 maps., 23 tables.
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.65 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
Velikonja sees the former Ottoman borderland as a distinct cultural and religious entity where three major faiths—Islam, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy—managed to coexist in relative peace. It is only during the past century that competing nationalisms have led to persecution, ethnic cleansing, and mass murder. Here, he presents a comprehensive survey that examines how religion has interacted with other aspects of BosniaHerzegovina's history.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-350) and index.
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