Slav Muslim identity in the Balkan: the case of Makedonci muslimani in Dolna Reka

Stojanovski, Strasko (2010) Slav Muslim identity in the Balkan: the case of Makedonci muslimani in Dolna Reka. In: 5th Annual South East European Doctoral Student Conference, September 13 – 14 2010, Sofou str. CITY College bld., Thessaloniki - Greece. (Unpublished)

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As a basic and the most essential issue that I have been facing is actually deriving from the title of this research itself. Naming of the population is the core of its collective identity. Therefore I have used national phrase “Makedonci muslimani “that appears as widely recognized nowadays. This name has been promoted much more within the 70-ties in the previous century, used as a construction that in this community was being incorporated within the Macedonian nation-country. Scientists, especially the ones originating and working outside of R. of Macedonia would seem to consider this naming as a subjective expression of the national ethnicity of the one that is conducting the research. Faced with the reality it was not possible for me to find other locution that would describe this community in its most appropriate manner.
The combination of the Macedonian Christian aspect to the one that gives content to the Macedonian-hood as well as the relation between the Christians and the Muslims is excluding the category “Makedonci muslimani”. As for the Macedonians, the inherent conflict between the Orthodoxy as a central element of their identity and Islam, is actually excluding the Macedonian Muslims a priori from the Macedonian community in a manner that they have imagined.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Subjects: Humanities > Philosophy, ethics and religion
Social Sciences > Political Science
Social Sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Law
Depositing User: Strasko Stojanovski
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2012 10:23
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2012 10:23

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