“This is our little hajj”: Muslim holy sites and reappropriation of the sacred landscape in contemporary Bosnia

by David Henig

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By David HenigFull Article: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1548-1425.2012.01393.x/abstract

Bosnian Muslims' understandings of Islam and relationships with the sacred landscape have undergone significant transformations since the dissolution of socialist Yugoslavia. I explore these transformations as I analyze discourses and debates on what constitutes "correct" Islamic tradition in Bosnia today, when Muslim practice has been exposed to a global Islamic orthodoxy and entangled in new supraregional hierarchies of power, values, and moral imagination. I specifically focus on how intracommunal Muslim politics intertwines with contemporary Bosnian Muslim shrine pilgrimages.

Bosnian Muslim all-male gathering at Karići - Photo: David Henig
Bosnian Muslim all-male gathering at Karići - Photo: David Henig

‘This is our little hajj’: Bosnian Muslim all-male gathering at Karići in 2009
(Photo: David Henig, 2009)