Rediscovering the Umma
Muslims in the Balkans between Nationalism and Transnationalism
Ina Merdjanova, former Southeast Europe policy scholar, releases her latest monograph Rediscovering the Umma (Oxford University Press, 2013).
"Ina Merdjanova discusses the conditions and role of Islam in relation to post-Ottoman nation-building, the communist period, and post-communist developments in the Balkans, focusing in particular on the remarkable transformations experienced by Muslim communities after the end of the Cold War. Amidst multiple structural and cultural transitions, they sought to renegotiate their place and reclaim their Islamic identities in formally secular legal and normative environments, mostly as minorities in majority-Christian societies." (Oxford University Press)
Ina Merdjanova is currently an Adjunct Professor in Religious Studies at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.