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Bosnia the good : tolerance and tradition
Mahmutćehajić, Rusmir, 1948-
Uniform Title:
Dobra Bosna. English
Publication Information:
Budapest ; New York : Central European University Press, 2000.
Physical Description:
233 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"First published in Bosnian as "Dobra Bosna" by Edition Durieux, Zagreb, 1997"--Verso t.p.

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An indictment of the partition of Bosnia-Herzegovina, formalized in 1995 by the Dayton Accord. The war in Bosnia divided and shook the country to its foundations, but the author argues it could become a model for European progress. The greatest danger for Bosnia is to be declared just another ethnoreligious entity, in this case a 'Muslim State' ghettoized inside Europe. The author examines why Western liberal democracies have regarded with sympathy the struggles of Serbia and Croatia for national recognition, while viewing Bosnia's multicultural society with suspicion.

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Mahmutcehajic (Sarajevo Univ.) is a former minister in the Muslim-dominated Bosnian government of 1991-92. He wishes to show that Bosnia's tradition has been one of unity in diversity, with adherents of Islam, Roman Catholicism, and Orthodox Christianity linked in the spiritual pursuit of transcendence. The argument is that this traditional orientation towards transcendence has been lost to a politics glorifying individuality and modernity, achieved by the targeting of Bosnia's Islamic component and the slaughter of its Muslim population by those who deny tradition in order to justify separate nation-states. Useful as an example of the arguments of Muslims who want a unified Bosnia in spite of the rejection of that project by most of their Serb and Croat neighbors, the book will be of interest to Balkanists as an exploration of Bosnian Muslim ideology. But it is not suitable for use by undergraduates without much explanation of why some non-Muslims in Bosnia may see its very Islamic argument as evidence justifying their fears of Muslim domination. R. M. Hayden; University of Pittsburgh