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Vjekoslav Perica

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195148568.001.0001

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Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationhood

Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationhood

(p.3) 1 Religion, Ethnicity, and Nationhood
Balkan Idols

Vjekoslav Perica

Oxford University Press

Introduces the book by discussing the symbolic destruction of churches, monasteries and other monuments and sacred places of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Catholic Church in Croatia and Bosnia‐Herzegovina, and the Yugoslav Muslim Religious Organization (Islamic community), and also in Albania that occurred during the various wars in the Yugoslav region in the 1990s. It then discusses myth in relation to the nation‐state. The last and main part of the chapter gives accounts of the four mainstream Yugoslav religious institutions (the Serbian Orthodox Church, Croatian Catholicism, the Muslim Religious Organization (Islamic community), and the Church and Nation of Macedonia), and also discusses the religious minority groups of the region (there are around 40, of which 14 are listed), and interfaith relations.

Keywords:   Albania, Bosnia‐Herzegovina, Catholic Church, conflict, Croatia, history, interfaith relations, Islam, Macedonia, Muslims, myths, Orthodox Church, political history, religious minority groups, religious organizations, Serbia, symbols, wars, Yugoslavia

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