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Crossing the Bosphorus: Connected histories of ‘Other’ Muslims in the post-imperial borderlands of Southeast Europe

Henig, David (2016) Crossing the Bosphorus: Connected histories of ‘Other’ Muslims in the post-imperial borderlands of Southeast Europe. Comparative Studies in Society and History, 58 (4). pp. 908-934. ISSN 0010-4175. E-ISSN 1475-2999. (doi:10.1017/S0010417516000475)

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Situated in the borderlands of Southeast Europe, this essay explores how enduring patterns of transregional circulation and cosmopolitan sensibility unfold in the lives of dervish brotherhoods in the post-Cold War present. Following recent debates on connected histories in post-colonial studies and historical anthropology, long-standing mobile and circulating societies, and reinvigorated interest in empire, this essay focuses ethnographically on how members of a dervish brotherhood in Bosnia-Herzegovina cultivate relations with places, collectivities, and practices that exist on different temporal, spatial and geopolitical scales. These connections are centered around three modes of articulation—sonic, graphic, and genealogical—through which the dervish disciples imagine and realize transregional relations. This essay begins and concludes with a meditation on the need for a dialogue between ethnography and transregional history in order to appreciate modes of identification and imagination that go beyond the essentializing forms of collective identity that, in the post-imperial epoch, have been dominated by political and methodological nationalism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1017/S0010417516000475
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: D. Henig
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2016 19:32 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:06 UTC
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