Dossier: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Muslim men praying in Berlin's Sehitlik Mosque (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Debate on European Islam

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A Mined Terrain

The concept of European Islam has proved to be a constant source of controversy. For some it embodies the deliverance of Islam from everything that is perceived as backward looking and pre-modern. Others fear that a European Islam is a watered-down religion, a kind of government-controlled "state Islam", prepared to fully accommodate to the wishes of the authorities. By Claudia MendeMore

Shiite proitestors in Iran in 2013 (photo: icana.ir)

Sunni-Shia Relations

Plea for a Muslim Peace

The Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia-Herzegovina Sheikh Mustafa Cerić looks to the past for lessons on improving Sunni-Shi'a relations in today's Middle East. They are the key to regional stability, he saysMore

The former head of the Islamic Religious Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mustafa Ceric addresses journalists in Sarajevo, on 7 February 2005 (photo: Getty Images)

Former Bosnian Grand Mufti's Message to Pope Francis

Call to Muslim-Christian Friendship

The election of Argentine Pope Francis, the 266th Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church, deserves both our congratulations and our reflection for the future of Muslim-Christian coexistence and dialogue. By former Bosnian Grand Mufti Mustafa CericMore

Students matriculate at the department for Islamic Studies in Sarajevo (photo: Charlotte Wiedemann)

Islam in Bosnia

''We belong to the West, culturally and mentally''

Bosnia is entering a new phase in its history: the post-war era is over; communities and mosques have been rebuilt. But where are Bosnian Muslims heading in these turbulent times? Charlotte Wiedemann spoke to Ahmet Alibašić, lecturer at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in SarajevoMore

The Emperor's Mosque in Sarajevo (photo: Wikipedia)

''Euro-Islam''

Too Diverse to Domesticate

Since 9/11, a debate has raged in Europe about whether the principles and tenets of Islam are compatible with modern European culture and its values. Might "Bosnian Islam" be the model Europe is looking for? Or should Europe avoid trying to domesticate Islam altogether? Scholars meeting in Stuttgart took a fresh look at these questions. Zoran Arbutina reportsMore