The Muslims of Bosnia-Herzegovina: Their Historic Development from the Middle Ages to the Dissolution of Yugoslavia

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Mark Pinson
Harvard CMES, 1996 - 207 pages

Ranging from medieval times to the collapse of Yugoslavia in 1992, this volume concentrates on the internal development of the Muslim community in Bosnia-Herzegovina and its relations with various suzerains. This updated edition features new bibliographic material, including a new section on resources covering Eastern Europe and the former Yugoslavia available through the Internet.


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the author of this text is not even worth mentioning and discussing…I am writing my revue for anybody else reading this …
De Administrando Imperio by Constanine VII Porphyrogenitus, Emperor of the
East , 905-959 written to his son…about great Byzantine Empire......…. clearly states and explains that theritory of today Bosnia and Herzegovina was inhabited by Slavs/ Pagans and clarifies that they are unbaptized Serbs. Slavs had started settling this area as early as 5th and 6th century…even 2 centuries before Croatian migration…Bosnia, Herzegovina, Slavonia, Dalmatia are names of geographical area and there has never been a distinctive group of people, ethnicity or nationality as such….I am a Serb from Bosnia and even though we are Orthodox Christans we still hold on to many of our pagan's customs and traditions…
Bosnian Muslims are also those Slavs/Pagans. unbaptized Serbs, who under the influence of Ottoman conquest converted to Islam. Among them there are definitely descendants of Turks who came from Turkey as some remained in Bosnia while many returned to Turkey as they knew very well their origins…
Even though I am Orthodox Serbs from Bosnia my heart bleeds for my brothers and sisters by blood but not by religion who so desperately trying to find their identity and and sense of belonging by distorting the facts from history….and certainly the authors like this ones are adding to that pain….please leave my country and people alone...

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Actually the individuals nobles for most called themselves Bosnjani. He's doing Western propaganda and you're doing the typical Eastern propaganda of Greater Serbia. To take nationalism of the late 1800s and 1900s into account when talking about populations that had no knowledge of such ideology is preposterous.  


ONE The Medieval and Ottoman Roots
TWO Bosnia Under Ottoman Rule 14631800
THREE Ottoman Bosnia 18001878
FOUR The Muslims of BosniaHerzegovina
From Religious Community to Socialist Nationhood
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Mark Pinson is Information Resources Coordinator, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.

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