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Making Muslim Women European

Voluntary Associations, Gender, and Islam in Post-Ottoman Bosnia and Yugoslavia (1878-1941)

This social, cultural, and political history of Slavic Muslim women of the Yugoslav region in the first decades of the post-Ottoman era is the first to provide a comprehensive overview of the issues confronting these women. It is based on a study of voluntary associations (philanthropic, cultural, Islamic-traditionalist, and feminist) of the period.

It is broadly held that Muslim women were silent and relegated to a purely private space until 1945, when the communist state "unveiled" and "liberated" them from the top down. After systematic archival research in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, and Austria, Fabio Giomi challenges this view by showing: • How different sectors of the Yugoslav elite through association publications, imagined the role of Muslim women in post-Ottoman times, and how Muslim women took part in the construction or the contestation of these narratives. • How associations employed different means in order to forge a generation of "New Muslim Women" able to cope with the post-Ottoman political and social circumstances. • And how Muslim women used the tools provided by the associations in order to pursue their own projects, aims and agendas. The insights are relevant for today's challenges facing Muslim women in Europe. The text is illustrated with exceptional photographs.

About the Author

Fabio Giomi is CNRS Researcher at the Centre for Turkish, Ottoman, Balkan and Central-Asian Studies, Paris. Before joining CETOBaC in 2014, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Foundation (Paris) and at the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (Budapest). His research focuses on the history of South-East Europe between the end of the 19th century and the middle of the 20th century, with particular attention to the Yugoslav space.

Reviews

"Le livre de Fabio Giomi sur les débats intra- et intercommunautaires sur la femme musulmane en Bosnie et la manière dont les associations musulmanes, les partis politiques, les réformistes et les traditionalistes musulmans ont puisé dans les mêmes discours et symboles transnationaux afin de lier la discussion de la nation à celle de la femme, sera d'un grand intérêt pour les spécialistes de l'ex-Yougoslavie et pour les historien.nes de l'espace post-ottoman et post-habsbourgeois en général. Il démontre clairement que les femmes musulmanes n'ont pas seulement réagi aux opportunités offertes par l'indépendance, elles ont façonné par leurs discours et leurs actes le discours genré sur leur nouvelle société."—Naomi Davidson, Clio

"Making Muslim Women European is a unique approach in Bosnian historiography, the topic being previously approached only to a small extent, and overwhelmingly combines research into archival and printed sources, with most of them in the Bosnian Croatian-Serbian language but also in French and German. This work is an interesting gender research approach entirely about post-Ottoman Muslim women in Bosnia and Yugoslavia from the end of the nineteenth century (1878) to the beginning of the Communist regime (1941). In conclusion, this is a book that must be read."—Nilghiun Ismail, Hiperboreea
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