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Rethinking Ethnicity, Religion, and Politics: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Rethinking Ethnicity, Religion, and Politics: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Abazović * Rethinking Ethnicity, Religion, and Politics: Th e Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina I. introduction In the last two decades in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B-H), there has been an evident process of resurgence of religions, or the return of religion to public life, its trans- fer from the ‘invisible’ (private) into the observable/public sphere, and therefore the de-privatization of religion par excellence. Religious renewal and the revitalization of religion is, above all, present here as a ‘desecularization’ of the public space and life, and all relevant indicators point towards a signifi cant revitalization of the position and role of religion in the society of B-H (increased participation in religious activities, the underlining of religious affi liation, the presence of religious communities in political and public life, as well as in media, the role of religious communities in a legitimiz- ing system, in the education system, etc.). Not surprisingly, because in the process of ethnonational diff erentiation among the domicile B-H population through history the religions and confessions played a key role, the majority of B-H peoples consider religion and confessions as a strongpoint for determining the identity, as well as the individual and collective consciousness—its own, as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Rethinking Ethnicity, Religion, and Politics: The Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Dino Abazović * Rethinking Ethnicity, Religion, and Politics: Th e Case of Bosnia and Herzegovina I. introduction In the last two decades in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B-H), there has been an evident process of resurgence of religions, or the return of religion to public life, its trans- fer from the ‘invisible’ (private) into the observable/public sphere, and therefore the de-privatization of religion par excellence. Religious renewal and the revitalization of religion is, above all, present here as a ‘desecularization’ of the public space and life, and all relevant indicators point towards a signifi cant revitalization of the position and role of religion in the society of B-H (increased participation in religious activities, the underlining of religious affi liation, the presence of religious communities in political and public life, as well as in media, the role of religious communities in a legitimiz- ing system, in the education system, etc.). Not surprisingly, because in the process of ethnonational diff erentiation among the domicile B-H population through history the religions and confessions played a key role, the majority of B-H peoples consider religion and confessions as a strongpoint for determining the identity, as well as the individual and collective consciousness—its own, as

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2010

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