Near Eastern Languages and Cultures | Issues in Islamic Studies: Islam in the Balkans
N307 | 22581 | Trix, Frances


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 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 19th and
20th centuries, culminating in the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo in the
1990ís. Finally we draw on anthropological studies of Muslims in the
Balkans in recent times for questions relating to gender and the
ongoing negotiation of Muslim identities.