Beyond Mosque, Church, and State: Alternative Narratives of the Nation in the Balkans

September 6, 2016

Journalists and policy-makers in the West have often assumed 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, edited by Theodora Dragostinova, associate professor at Ohio State University, and Yana Hashamova, professor and chair of the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at Ohio State University, charts a more complex picture of the national dynamics in the region focused on alternatives and challenges to nationalism.

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