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Politicization of Religion, the Power of Symbolism

The Case of Former Yugoslavia and its Successor States

  • Editors
  • Gorana Ognjenović
  • Jasna Jozelić

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy book series (PSRPP)

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About this book


This book examines the role religion played in the dismantling of Yugoslavia; addressing practical concerns of inter-ethnic fighting, religiously-motivated warfare, and the role religion played within the dissolution of the nation.


Religion symbolism transition politicization of religion politicization of history South East Europe nation state faith Tito Yugoslavia genocide war and sexual violence national heritage Catholic Church Orthodox Church Byzantine Balkan nationalism schovinism identity religion sociology violence

About the authors

Keith Tester, University of Hull, UK Gorana Ognjenovi?, University of Oslo, Norway Jasna Jozeli?, University of Oslo, Norway Marjan Smrke, University in Ljubljana, Slovenia Nena Mo?nik, University in Ljubljana, Slovenia Frano Prcela, University of Münster Mainz & IMDC Berlin, Germany Adam Lindhagen, University of Stockholm, Sweden Amra Hadzimuhamedovi?, Commission to Preserve National Monuments, Bosnia-Herzegovina Filip Ejdus, University in Belgrade, Serbia Jelena Subotic Georgia State University in Atlanta, USA Zilka Spahi? Harvard Divinity School USA; IUS, Bosnia-Herzegovina

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“It makes an important contribution to scholarship on the religious-political aspects of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s and their aftermath. The book can be useful for anyone wishing to better understand the intersection of religion and identity politics in the region. Even those already familiar with the countries and the issues discussed can gain further valuable insight from the articles that present in-depth exploration and case studies.” (Angela Ilić, Southeastern Europe, Vol. 41 (3), 2017)