The course aims to analyse the phenomenon of Islam in the Balkans. Next, we will focus on Islam in Bosnia, which, due to local peculiarities, presents phenomena of religiosity that students will get to know and to examine closely in terms of history and theology.
The uniqueness of Bosnia as a Muslim enclave in the Balkans renders it a very special case from a scientific point of view, which students will have ample opportunity to compare with other distinctive ethno-religious phenomena of the broader geographical region.
Among the anticipated outcomes of learning during the course is the expansion of the historical and epistemic theological horizon of the students, in order for them to become able to comprehend in depth the intellectual and religious conditions under which the religious phenomenon developed throughout the Balkans.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Dominant element of the Balkan Islam, as it appeared on the fringes of the 20th century, is undoubtedly the Bosniac Islam. Political and religious elements of its birth and progress in relation to the broader Slavic and neighboring area will be examined in the present tuition as a part of the students’ acquaintance with the Balkans. The acquaintance with the Bosniac Islam aims to the knowledge about the Balcan multiculturalism that the students will acquire.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosniaks, Serbobosniaks, Bosnian muslims, Bosnjastvo, Islamic Community
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Αθανασιάδης Αθανάσιος, Ιδεατά έθνη στα Βαλκάνια, Η εθνογένεση των μουσουλμάνων της Βοσνίας, εκδ, Μυγδονία Θεσσαλονίκη 2016
Tanasković Darko, Neosmanizam. Povratak Turske na Balkanu, Beograd 2010
Athanasiadis Ath., «Islam as a way of defining the national identity of Bosnian Muslims», Occasional papers on religion in Eastern Europe (George Fox University),(November 2014), XXXIV, 5.
Bougarel X., "Bosnian Islam as 'European Islam'", Islam in Europe (Diversity, Identity and Influence), Budapest 2008
Atanasije Atanasiadis. Islamska dimenzija etnogeneze Bošnjaka. Istorijski tokovi i savremeno stanje, izd. Kalenić, Kragujevac 2015.
Balić Sm., Kultura Bošnjaka: muslimanska komponenta, Tuzla 1994
Additional bibliography for study
Popović Al., Jugoslovenski Muslimani, Akvarius, Beograd 1990
Hadžijahić M., Poreklo bosanskih Muslimana, Sarajevo 1990
Bosna, Bošnjaštvo i Bosanksi jezik, Zbornik Radova, Matica Bošnjaka, 1993