Anthropology | Islam in the Balkans
E400 | 27373 | Trix

Islam came to the Balkans in the fourteen and the fifteenth centuries
with the Ottomans and spread across the peninsula of southeastern
Europe. In this class we will study the history of Islam in the
Balkans, from the gradual conversions of local people, the political
and cultural heights of the Ottoman Empire, to the decline of the
Ottoman Empire, the growth of ethnic based nation states, and the
relegation of most Muslim communities to minority status. We will
study the Ottoman cities of Edirne, Salonika, and Sarajevo, and the
place of Balkan Muslims in the Ottoman Empire. We will also study the
forced migrations and expulsions of Muslims from the Balkans in the
19^th and 20^th centuries, culminating in the wars in Bosnia and
Kosova in the 1990ís. Finally we will draw on anthropological studies
of Muslims in the Balkans in recent times for questions relating to
gender and the ongoing negotiation of Muslim identities.