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Remaking Muslim LivesEveryday Islam in Postwar Bosnia and Herzegovina$
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David Henig

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043291

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043291.001.0001

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Remaking Muslim Lives

David Henig

University of Illinois Press

This chapter addresses a key theme in the debates on post-Ottoman societies: what does it mean to live together? And what does it mean to share a social space with others? What do these question mean in the face and memories of radical social and political ruptures? These questions are ethnographically explored through the idea of neighborliness (komšiluk), and ethics of proximity. Through detailed life histories and ethnographic case studies, ranging from the arranging of funerals and neighborhood hospitality to lending a hand, this chapter documents how the changing character of interpersonal relations in village neighborhoods commonly expressed through neighborhood-related idioms mirrors larger socioeconomic reconfigurations of Bosnia-Herzegovina, and in particular rising economic inequalities between the villagers that are felt and debated as newly emerged hierarchies between the “winners” and the “losers” of the postwar years.

Keywords:   Bosnia-Herzegovina, care, everyday ethics, Islam, rural marginality, neighborhood, postsocialist transformations, sociality within proximity, reciprocity, suffering

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