Religious and Ethno-National Heterogeneity of the Balkans
Turbulent political transitions and the dynamics of the interaction between Christianity and Islam
Many assume that the religious and ethno-national heterogeneity of the Balkans is the underlying reason for the numerous problems the area has faced throughout the twentieth century.
The multiple and turbulent political transitions in the area, the dynamics of the interaction between Christianity and Islam, the contradictory and constantly shifting nationality policies, and the fluctuating identities of the diverse populations continue to be seen as major challenges to the stability of the region.
By exploring the development of intricate religious, linguistic, and national dynamics in a variety of case studies throughout the Balkans, this volume demonstrates the existence of alternatives and challenges to nationalism in the area.
I would like to analyze a variety of national, non-national, and anti-national(ist) encounters in four areas — Bosnia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Albania — traditionally seen as “hotbeds” of nationalist agitation and tension resulting from their populations' religious or ethno-national diversity.
In their entirety, the contributions in this volume chart a more complex picture of the national dynamics.
Kemal Yildirim is a Researcher and he has published various books; he has directed and produced various feature films and Documentaries.
He works on Political theories and Ancient and Modern World cultures.