Islam and Nationalism

The Revival of Islam in the Balkans

From Identity to Religiosity

Editors: Roy, Olivier, Elbasani, Arolda (Eds.)

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This book shifts analytical focus from macro-politicization and securitization of Islam to Muslims' choices, practices and public expressions of faith. An empirically rich analysis, the book provides rich cross-country evidence on the emergence of autonomous faith communities as well as the evolution of Islam in the broader European context.

About the authors

Arolda Elbasani, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, Florence, Italy Cecilie Endresen, University of Oslo, Norway Julianne Funk, University of Zurich and Research Consultant for the Ecumenical Women's Initiative in Croatia Jeton Mehmeti, University of Prishtina and Senior Researcher at GAP Institute, Kosovo Andreja Mesari?, independent researcher based in London Laura J. Olson, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA Olivier Roy, Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies, Florence, Italy Behar Sadriu, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK Alexandros Sakellariou, Panteion University, Athens, Greece Enis Sulstarova, University of Tirana, Albania Jelena To i?, University of Vienna, Austria Ksenia Trofimova, Russian Academy of Sciences Anna Zadro?na, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey

Reviews

“The Revival of Islam in the Balkans is a timely addition to the literature with its rich insights and innovative, path-breaking studies. … the book is a must-read, and the exceptional editorial work makes it even more appealing and easy to follow. There is no doubt that this book will be a useful reference work on Islam and Islamic practices in general, and on the Balkans in particular.” (Nikos Christofis, LSE Review of Books, blogs.lse.ac.uk, April, 2016)

“The book under review The Revival of Islam in the Balkans is thus a welcome exposition of a much neglected subject. … It will appeal principally to academics and tertiary students, especially those with an interest in anthropology, Eastern Europe, and religion.” (Abdullah Drury, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, March, 2016)

“The Revival of Islam in the Balkans … offers further analysis of religious changes in the Balkans after communism. These particular studies represent valuable contributions to the subject due to their thorough identification and evaluation of crucial elements that have influenced the contemporary religious scene in the Balkans. … This volume demonstrates that local Muslim communities have not only been able to reject foreign influences, but also to construct new methods to theoretically and practically defend their traditional practice.” (Hazim Fazlić, Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe, Vol. 36 (1), 2016)

“The Elbasani and Roy volume focuses on the eastern Balkans, excluding the western states of former Yugoslavia, ascribing a special importance to Kosovo and Albania while also making room for Greece and Bulgaria. … Elbasani-Roy contributors target an audience interested in the region’s eastern section.” (Vjekoslav Perica, Slavic Review, 2016)

“These eight case studies are valuable contributions to a better understanding of Islam in the Balkans. From this standpoint, the editors of The Revival of Islam in the Balkans have succeeded in their bid to show the ‘emerging mosaic of Islamic religiosity, defined here as the way an individual believer experiences his or her relation to religion and faith’ … and this makes the book an important one.” (Xavier Bougarel, Suedosteuropa. Journal of Politics and Society, Issue 3, 2016)



'The editors of this timely addition to the scholarship are to be commended for bringing together such a stellar example of the cutting-edge research the study of Islam in the Balkans requires in this era of rapidly changing conditions for Muslims and their fellow countrymen. In eleven well-crafted studies on various themes related to the rapidly changing dynamics within Muslim communities in the Balkans, the reader is offered access to the state-of-the-art scholarship on Islam. The particularly close focus on hitherto ignored actors in the forging of new kinds of Muslim communities in face of hostility from the larger world is especially welcome considering these will be the likely agents for positive co-habitation and trust-building measures in the future. It is especially commendable that the editors invited scholars wishing to shed further light on how Muslim women in particular try to strengthen their role in shaping the future of their communities. The fact that such efforts are complicated by the often confused debates about the ethno-national and/or universalist character of Albanian, Roma, Bosnian, and Bulgarian Muslim existence in their homelands promises to positively inform scholars for years to come on how to best disentangle the study of religiosity in the Balkans from the crude references made to the larger 'war on terror.' The Revival of Islam in the Balkans is highly recommended as both a resource for specialists in the study of Islam-in-the-Balkans and a valuable tool to introduce to graduate students.' Dr. Isa Blumi, Associate Professor of History, Georgia State University, USA

'This volume offers rich empirical insights into the diverse forms of lived religiosity amongst Balkan Muslims, convincingly arguing for a paradigm shift that decouples religion from the ethno-national grids of identity and focuses instead on the individual re-imaginations and personalized practices emerging outside the institutional control of official government-sponsored orthodoxies inherited from socialism. This is an exciting contribution to the field and compulsory reading for those interested in Balkan Islam and contemporary religious change in the post-socialist world.' Ger Duijzings, Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Regensburg, Germany

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction: Nation, State and Faith in the Post-Communist Era

    Elbasani, Arolda

    Pages 1-19

  • Islam and Orientalism in Contemporary Albania

    Sulstarova, Enis

    Pages 23-41

  • Anti-Islamic Public Discourse in Contemporary Greece: The Reproduction of Religious Panic

    Sakellariou, Alexandros

    Pages 42-61

  • Faith and Politics in Kosovo: The Status of Religious Communities in a Secular Country

    Mehmeti, Jeton

    Pages 62-80

  • The Loudspeaker of Faith in the ‘Calm’ City

    Tošić, Jelena

    Pages 83-102

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Revival of Islam in the Balkans
Book Subtitle
From Identity to Religiosity
Editors
  • Olivier Roy
  • Arolda Elbasani
Series Title
Islam and Nationalism
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51784-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137517845
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51783-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 257
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