By Rusmir Mahmutcehajic, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Ivo Banac
In his attention-grabbing new publication, Bosnian educational and previous statesman, Rusmir Mahmutcehajic, explores how women and men regularly ordered their groups, structure, and behavior of existence to mirror the divine order, and the way this order is coming below assault in an more and more secularized smooth international. In reflecting on how his personal place of birth of Stolac, Bosnia, has been destroyed after which rebuilt within the aftermath of the tragic Bosnia struggle, he deals motives as to how varied spiritual groups can reside peacefully jointly sooner or later.
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The coastal territories had passed under the control of Venice, with the exception of the independent city-state or republic of Dubrovnik, and remained so until the defeat of Napoleon led to the incorporation of Venice, its Dalmatian territories, and Dubrovnik into the Habsburg Empire. They were, however, kept administratively separate from the inland territories of Croatia proper and Slavonia, which were themselves split between a militarized border area under martial law and Civil Croatia. Unification of all the areas of present-day Croatia would only come with the demise of the House of Austria and the creation of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes after the First World War.
As in the rest of the Ottoman world, non-Muslims were second-class citizens, but they were tolerated and accorded freedom of religion and conscience. This was the reason why emigration to Ottoman territories was so attractive to the Jews of Europe, particularly after the expulsion of Jews and Moriscos from Spain by their Most Catholic Majesties in 1492. Many of these Sephardic Jews from Iberia came to Sarajevo and the other new cities of Ottoman Bosnia, establishing a major Jewish presence in the country that would last until the Second World War.
Hum and Terbunia would later be joined and receive the appellation of Herzegovina (the Dukedom), after their most famous ruler, the Herzeg Stjepan (Duke Stephen). Bosnia arrived on the scene later than the kingdoms of Croatia and Rascia, but its growth from a central area around the river Bosnia was steady and it came to occupy the entire territory of modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as large parts of the Dalmatian coast. For most of medieval Bosnia’s existence, its ruler, the Ban or King, was formally a vassal of the king of Hungary.