The Denial of Bosnia

The Denial of Bosnia In Rusmir Mahmutcehajic one of Bosnia s leading public intellectuals was scheduled to lecture on Bosnia at Stanford University but was unexpectedly denied an entry visa by American authorities

  • Title: The Denial of Bosnia
  • Author: Rusmir Mahmutćehajić Francis R. Jones Marina Bowder
  • ISBN: 9780271020303
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1997, Rusmir Mahmutcehajic, one of Bosnia s leading public intellectuals, was scheduled to lecture on Bosnia at Stanford University but was unexpectedly denied an entry visa by American authorities This book, first published in Bosnia in 1998, is an expanded version of that lecture It is an indictment of the partition of Bosnia, formalized in 1995 by the Dayton AccordIn 1997, Rusmir Mahmutcehajic, one of Bosnia s leading public intellectuals, was scheduled to lecture on Bosnia at Stanford University but was unexpectedly denied an entry visa by American authorities This book, first published in Bosnia in 1998, is an expanded version of that lecture It is an indictment of the partition of Bosnia, formalized in 1995 by the Dayton Accord It is also a plea for Bosnia s communities to reject ethnic segregation and restore mutual trust For the first time, English speaking readers can hear this important voice of dissent from within Bosnia Herzegovina.Mahmutcehajic pronounced ma moot che HI itch argues for the history and reality of a Bosnia Herzegovina based upon a model of unity in diversity He shows that ethnic and religious cultures have coexisted in Bosnia for centuries Partitioning of Bosnia, therefore, should have been unthinkable except that a multi ethnic, multi faith Bosnia stood squarely in the way of Croatian and Serbian leaders determined to enact their own nationalist programs The decisive moment came when the international community accepted the Serb Croat argument that ancient ethnic hatreds were endemic to Bosnia At that point, ethnic segregation became not only acceptable but desirable With the complicity of Western powers, Serbs and Croats proceeded to carve out ethnically cleansed states Mahmutcehajic examines the reasons why Western liberal democracies have regarded with sympathy the struggles of Serbia and Croatia for national recognition, while viewing Bosnia s multicultural society with suspicion As one of Bosnia s former political leaders in the early peace talks, he describes with authority how the parties were often physically aligned during formal talks, with Bosniak negotiators on one side of the table and everybody else Serb, Croat, and international representatives on the other In the end, justice was subverted and the final solution justified on the basis of an intractable conflict of civilizations Mahmutcehajic confronts the religious dimension of the Bosnian dilemma with refreshing honesty As a Bosniak committed to interreligious dialogue, he calls for than simple toleration among Serbs, Croats, and Bosnians He remembers that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all share the same deity, and it is this common transcendent perspective that should open the door to the acceptance and celebration of religious diversity Only in this way will Bosnia reclaim its unique civilization.The Denial of Bosnia has dire implications for the future of a Europe searching for a viable post Cold War order Will Europe accept ethnic segregation as a solution to the contradictions of ethnic diversity or find a way to protect and build upon this diversity Bosnia, though currently divided and shaken to its foundations, could become a model for European progress The greatest danger is for Bosnia to be declared just another ethnoreligious entity, in this case a Muslim State ghettoized inside of Europe If protected and allowed to develop, however, Bosnia too could find a place in the new European order.

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    1. I couldn't read all of its pages nor I could reach it where I live that's why I gave it 4 stars. The author unveils the strategies of how the Int. community, Serbs and Croat have been dealing with the Bosnians. I think that he follows a objective methodology. He analyzes the past the present and provides quotations, documentations and comparisons. I knew many terms such as "We and They" and "Civilizations Clash" but I just knew that they have racial backgrounds. Because the author is a Bosnian, [...]

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