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Making Muslim Women European

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

This highly original book provides a social, cultural, and political history of Slavic Muslim women of the Yugoslav region in the first decades of the post-Ottoman era based on a study of voluntary associations (philanthropic, cultural, Islamic-traditionalist, and feminist). 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:
1) How different sectors of the Yugoslav elite (men and women, Muslims and non-Muslims), 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.
2) How associations employed different means, such as private schools, scholarships, student dormitories, workshops, and festive happenings in order to forge a generation of "New Muslim Women" able to cope with the post-Ottoman political and social circumstances.
3) How Muslim women used the tools provided by the associations in order to pursue their own projects, aims and agendas.

About the Author

Fabio Giomi is CNRS Research Fellow, Centre d'Études Turques, Ottomanes, Balkaniques et Centrasiatiques, CETOBAC – EHESS, CNRS, Collège de France, Paris, France
Central European University Press

9789633863695 : making-muslim-women-european-giomi
390 Pages
$105.00 USD

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