Saturday, January 06, 2007

Traditionalism in Bosnia

The following was peviously posted on the old addenda page.

Traditionalism is indirectly influential in Bosnian public discourse. Traditionalists writings guided Rusmir Mahmutcehajic--later a leading Bosnian public intellectual and for a time a politician--from a youthful involvement with an underground group deriving from the Muslim Brothers to a Traditionalist understanding of Islam and other religions. Mahmutcehajic resigned from the government of Alija Izetbegovic when Izetbegovic accepted the de facto partition of Bosnia, and worked for the restored unity of Bosnia on the basis of what was ultimately a Traditionalist understanding of the unity of religions. Traditionalism is an important element in Mahmutcehajic's thought, but only one element in a wide-ranging and original analysis.

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