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'This is our little hajj': Muslim holy sites and reappropriation of the sacred landscape in contemporary Bosnia

By David Henig

Abstract

Bosnian Muslims' understandings of Islam and relationships with the sacred landscape have undergone significant transformations since the dissolution of socialist Yugoslavia. I explore these transformations as I analyze discourses and debates on what constitutes "correct" Islamic tradition in Bosnia today, when Muslim practice has been exposed to a global Islamic orthodoxy and entangled in new supraregional hierarchies of power, values, and moral imagination. I specifically focus on how intracommunal Muslim politics intertwines with contemporary Bosnian Muslim shrine pilgrimages. Bosnian Muslims' understandings of Islam and relationships with the sacred landscape have undergone significant transformations since the dissolution of socialist Yugoslavia. I explore these transformations as I analyze discourses and debates on what constitutes "correct" Islamic tradition in Bosnia today, when Muslim practice has been exposed to a global Islamic orthodoxy and entangled in new supraregional hierarchies of power, values, and moral imagination

Topics: GN
Publisher: American Anthropological Assoc, 4350 North Fairfax Drive Suite 640, Arlington, VA 22203
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:kar.kent.ac.uk:31490

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