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Bosnia-Herzegovina - How Much Did Islam Matter ?

Abstract : Bosniaks were the main victims of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, but they also asserted themselves as a sovereign political nation. The Party of Democratic Action (SDA) led important political and identity transformations within the Bosnian nation. Attempts at authoritarian re-Islamization failed and led to the nationalization of Islam. In the rest of the Balkans, political parties have emerged, representing the Muslim populations of the region. Religious institutions underwent a certain revival and reinvested the public sphere, but there was no real 'return of religion'. Faced with the various influences coming from the Muslim world, local actors are putting forward their European identity but are struggling to define a 'Balkan model'.
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Xavier Bougarel. Bosnia-Herzegovina - How Much Did Islam Matter ?. Journal of Modern European History, Munich : C.H. Beck, London : SAGE 2018, XVI, pp.164 - 168. ⟨10.17104/1611-8944-2018-2-164⟩. ⟨halshs-02546552⟩



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