The Revival of Islam in the Balkans : From Identity to Religiosity

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  • London : Palgrave Macmillan UK : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan 2015
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XV, 257 p. online resource.
  • 9781137517845
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
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  • Acknowledgments; Notes on Contributors; Introduction: Nation, State and Faith in the Post-Communist Era; Arolda Elbasani; PART I: THE PREVAILING PUBLIC DISCOURSE ON ISLAM; 1. Islam and Orientalism in Contemporary Albania; Enis Sulstarova; 2. Anti-Islamic Public Discourse in Contemporary Greece: The Reproduction of Religious Panic; Alexandros Sakellariou; 3. Faith and Politics in Kosovo: The Status of Religious Communities in a Secular Country; Jeton Mehmeti; PART II: MUSLIMS' PURSUIT OF FAITH AND RELIGIOSITY; 4. The Loudspeaker of Faith in the 'Calm' City: Islam and Urban Diversity in the Contemporary Balkans; Jelena Tošić; 5. Muslim Women's Dress Practices in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Localising Islam through Everyday Lived Practice; Andreja Mesarič; 6. The Multiple Voices of Bulgaria's Unofficial Islamic Leaders; Laura J. Olson; 7. Love and Boundaries: Inter-Faith and Inter-Ethnic Relationships Among Macedonian-Speaking Muslims; Anna Zadrożna; 8. 'Holiness' Constructed: Anonymous Saints in the Popular Traditions of Muslim Roma Communities in the Balkans; Ksenia Trofimova; PART III: RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, PUBLIC ARGUMENTS AND LEGITIMACY; 9. Rhetorical Strategies of Kosovo's Imams in the Fight for 'Women's Rights'; Behar Sadriu; 10. Public Expressions of Bosnian Muslim Religiosity and Lived Faith: The Cases of Friday Prayer and the Hijab; Julianne Funk; 11. Faith, Fatherland, or Both? Accommodationist and Neo-Fundamentalist Islamic Discourses in Albania; Cecilie Endresen; Conclusions; Olivier Roy; Index
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  • This book shifts analytical focus from macro-politicization and securitization of Islam to Muslims' choices, practices and public expressions of faith. An empirically rich analysis, the book provides rich cross-country evidence on the emergence of autonomous faith communities as well as the evolution of Islam in the broader European context.