Islamisation of Bosnia: Early Islamic Influence on Bosnian Society

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The conversion to Islam of large part of the population is among the most significant and distinctive features of modern history of Bosnia and the Balkans. The earliest Bosnian Islamic history is a complex phenomenon that is virtually unknown inside and outside of Bosnia and, indeed, world-wide. It is because the Islamisation of the Balkans, particularly Bosnia, has not been extensively researched until recently. This contemporary research fills a significant gap in the existing literature on the Islamic component as a part of broader European multi-religious mosaic. This research provides both systematic and extensive investigation of the social and cultural implications of spread of Islam and Islamic influence on Bosnian society. A broad investigation of primary and secondary data is provided from a variety of sources related to Bosnia's early encounters with Islam. The book consists of two main historical phases, namely the pre-Ottoman period and early Ottoman periods. The examination of this early medieval era shows that the earliest Islamic impact occurred in the 8th century, before the formation of the Bosnian state (10th to 12th century), then through to reaching its medieval territorial magnitude as a kingdom and finally up to the early Ottoman period (end of the 15th century).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherVDM Publishing
Number of pages164
Edition2nd ed.
ISBN (Print)9783639053951
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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