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Religious Quest and National Identity in the Balkans
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This work offers insights into the cultural traditions that have shaped the Balkan region from pagan times, through folk culture, the medieval Christian churches, the encounter between Christianity and Islam, up to the religious and national mythologies that have proved so destructive in the modern day. With the Balkans a central focus of European concern at the beginning of the 21st century, this volume is a timely reminder of the complex cultural processes that continue to affect the modern world.
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List of Illustrations Foreword Notes on the Contributors List of Maps Introduction and General Bibliography: Christianity and Islam in the Balkans; M.Heppell & H.Norris PART I: LAYERS OF BELIEF, BLURRED BOUNDARIES Prolegomenon to Religion in the Balkans; J.Nandris Folk Tales from the Bible and Koran; F.Badalanova Art and Doctrine in the First Bulgarian Kingdom; A.Moussakova Dualist Heresy in the Latin Empire of Constantinople; B.Hamilton The Religious Situation of the Hungarian Kingdom in the 13th and 14th Centuries; I.A.Pop Crypto-Christiantiy and Religious Amphibianism; N.Malcolm PART II: ORTHODOXY The Chilandariou Icon 'She Who Has Three Hands'; V.Jankovic Hesychasm in the Balkans; M.Heppell PART III: ISLAM Islam in the Balkans: The Bosnian Case; A.Lopasic Muslim Communities in Romania; J.Scarce The Bektashis in the Balkans; J.Norton PART IV: RELIGION, POLITICS, NATIONAL MYTHOLOGIES Religion, Irreligion and Nationalism in the Diaries of the Bulgarian Exarch Yosif; F.A.K.Yasamee Sharpened Minds: Religious and Mythological Factors in the Creation of National Identities in Bosnia-Herzegovina; M.Velikonja Appendix: Report of a Meeting of Religious Leaders, Kosovo, March 1999 Index

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FLORENTINA BADALANOVA Research Associate, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London BERNARD HAMILTON Professor Emeritus of Crusading History, University of Nottingham VLADETA JANKOVIC Professor of Classical Literature, University of Belgrade ALEXANDER LOPASIC previously Lecturer in Social Anthropology, University of Reading NOEL MALCOLM previously Foreign Editor of the Spectator ELISSAVETA MOUSSAKOVA Head of Department of Manuscripts and Old Printed Books, National Library, Sofia JOHN NANDRIS previously Senior Lecturer in European Prehistory, Institute of Archaeology, University College London JOHN D. NORTON Director, Centre for Turkish Studies, University of Durham IOAN-AUREL POP Professor of Medieval and Early Modern History, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania JENNIFER SCARCE Curator of Middle Eastern Culture, National Museums of Scotland MITJA VELIKONJA Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana F.A.K. YASAMEE Senior Lecturer, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Manchester

About the Author

CELIA HAWKESWORTH is Senior Lecturer in Serbian and Croatian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. Her publications include Voices in the Shadows: Women's Writing in Bosnia and Serbia and A History of Central European Women's Writing. - MURIEL HEPPELL is Emeritus Reader in the Medieval History of Orthodox Eastern Europe in the University of London. She has travelled widely throughout the Balkan area and spent ten years teaching English at the University of Novi Sad. Publications include The Ecclesiastical Career of Gregory Camblak. - HARRY NORRIS is Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of London. His recent studies have concerned the Muslim communities of Eastern Europe. Recent publications include Islam in the Balkans, he contributed to Bosnia, Destruction of a Nation, Inversion of a Principle and co-edited The Changing Shape of the Balkans.

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