Religion and the Politics of Identity in Kosovo

Ger Duijzings

Columbia University Press

Religion and the Politics of Identity in Kosovo

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Pub Date: September 2001

ISBN: 9780231120999

250 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Religion and the Politics of Identity in Kosovo

Ger Duijzings

Columbia University Press

Observers have traditionally viewed Kosovo as a frontier society where two Balkan nations, Albanian and Serb, as well as two religions, Islam and Christianity, clash over conflicts of national and religious identity. While this rift is usually perceived as hard and fast, Duijzings shows that the area also has a history of coexistence through cultural contact, religious exchange, and conversion. His new perspective challenges the notion that Balkan conflicts have evolved around clear-cut and fixed ethno-religious groups, and instead discusses evidence that Balkan identities are full of ambiguities caused by processes that are important survival strategies in conditions of violence and insecurity. This tension between conflict and symbiosis is at the core of his perspective, which contains compelling case studies of various ethnic groups and examines how religion shapes their efforts to construct or reconstruct their identities.

Though focusing on Kosovo, the scope of these chapters is much wider, covering developments in Croatia, Bosnia, Albania, Macedonia, and Serbia. Religion and the Politics of Identity in Kosovo is a fascinating and timely study of the interaction of religious identity with the politics of nationalism.
Duijzings is potentially a major new voice in the field and has made an important initial contribution. Isa Blumi, Southeast European Politics

About the Author

Ger Duijzings is lecturer in Serbian and Croatian Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at the University of London.