Thus begins Tone Bringa's moving ethnographic account of Bosnian Muslims' lives in a rural village located near Sarajevo. Although they represent a majority of the population in the Republic of bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian Muslims are still members of a minority culture in the region that was once Yugoslavia. The question of ethno- national identity has become paramount in this society, and the author focuses on religion as the defining characteristic of identity. Bringa pays particular attention to the roles that women play in defining Muslim identities, and she examines the importance of the household as a Muslim identity sphere. In so doing, she illuminates larger issues of what constitutes "nationality."
This is a gripping and heartfelt account of a community that has been torn apart by ethno-political conflict. It will attract readers of all backgrounds who want to learn more about one of the most intractable wars of the late twentieth century and the people who have been so tragically affected.
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Table of Contents
|List of Illustrations|
|A Note on Language and Pronunciation|
|1||History, Identity, and the Yugoslav Dream||12|
|2||A Bosnian Village||37|
|3||Men, Women, and the House||85|
|4||Marriage and Marriage Procedures||119|
|5||Caring for the Living and the Souls of the Dead||158|
|6||Debating Islam and Muslim Identity||197|
|Glossary of Bosnian Terms||253|