From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Bosniakization)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Bosniakisation describes the process of converted Serbian and Croatian Muslims from various territories into a separate Bosniak identity.

This process was initiated in Bosnia and Herzegovina, originally during the Austro-Hungarian administration (1878–1918), when the first political projects were designed to create an integral "Bosnian", and then a special "Bosniak" nation. An integral "Bosnian" project proved to be unachievable even during the Austro-Hungarian administration, since not only the Bosnian Serbs, but also the Bosnian Croatians gave a determined resistance to the creation of an integral "Bosnian" nation. Therefore, the focus was transferred to a special "Bosniak" project, which acquired a certain foothold in the Bosnian-Herzegovinian governor. The key role in the design and implementation of these projects was played by Austro-Hungarian Minister Benjamin Kalai, who from 1882 to 1903 was responsible for Bosnia and Herzegovina.[1]

As a foothold for Bosniak ethnogenesis and history, Bogomilism and a non-Slavic origin had been contrived. Then after the direct influence of the Ottoman Conquest, a cultural identity was imposed (through the process of Islamization). This gave to the ultimate expression of a Bosniak specificity, which has led to the religious doctrine of ethnos. The Bosniak project was restarted at the time of the breakup of Yugoslavia, when Yugoslavian Muslims decided to rename themselves ethnic "Bosniaks". This process initially affected much of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and then spread to northeastern Montenegro and southwestern Serbia,[2] including the Raska region, as well as parts of Kosovo and Metohija.

Insisting on the imposition of Bosniaks and the spreading of a Bosniak project outside of Bosnia, a controversy erupted on the part of Yugoslav Muslims primarily in Serbia and Montenegro. In opposing the imposition of Bosniaks, president of the Muslim Matice in Montenegro, Dr. Avdul Kurpejović explicitly stressed in 2014 that the "Greater Bosniak Nationalist, Islamic Assimilation Program" is based exactly on the Islamic Declaration of Alija Izetbegovic.[3]


  1. ^ Kraljačić, Tomislav (1987). Kalajev režim u Bosni i Hercegovini (1882-1903).
  3. ^ Авдул Курпејовић (2014): Муслимани су национална мањина


  • Dimitrova, Bohdana (2001). "Bosniak or Muslim? Dilemma of one Nation with two Names" (PDF). Southeast European Politics. 2 (2): 94–108.
  • Đečević, Mehmed; Vuković-Ćalasan, Danijela; Knežević, Saša (2017). "Re-designation of Ethnic Muslims as Bosniaks in Montenegro: Local Specificities and Dynamics of This Process". East European Politics and Societies and Cultures. 31 (1): 137–157.
  • Jović, Dejan (2013). "Identitet Bošnjaka/Muslimana". Politička misao: Časopis za politologiju. 50 (4): 132–159.
  • Kraljačić, Tomislav (1987). Kalajev režim u Bosni i Hercegovini (1882-1903). Sarajevo: Veselin Masleša.
  • Kurpejović, Avdul (2014). Analiza nacionalne diskriminacije i asimilacije Muslimana Crne Gore. Podgorica: Matica muslimanska Crne Gore.
  • Kurpejović, Avdul (2018). Ko smo mi Muslimani Crne Gore (PDF). Podgorica: Matica muslimanska Crne Gore.
  • Pokos, Nenad; Hasanbegović, Zlatko (2014). "(Tro)jedan narod: Bošnjaci, Muslimani i Hrvati muslimani u Hrvatskoj u popisima stanovništva 2001. i 2011. godine". Društvena istraživanja. 23 (3): 427–448.
  • Tanasković, Darko (2000). Islam i mi (1. ed.). Beograd: Partenon.