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

Henig, David (2012) 'This is our little hajj': Muslim holy sites and reappropriation of the sacred landscape in contemporary Bosnia. American Ethnologist, 39 (4). pp. 751-765. ISSN 0094-0496. (Full text available)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Bosnia-Herzegovina; Islam; Muslim Politics; Pilgrimage; Postsocialism; Sacred Sites
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: David Henig
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 13:40
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2013 09:22
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31490 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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