Sarajevo, Zenica and Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
May 4 – 11, 2012
For centuries Bosnia and Herzegovina nurtured traditions of tolerance and respect for its different ethnic and religious groups. However, in the last decade of the 20th century the country experienced a brutal conflict that divided people, seemingly along religious lines. How this could happen and how people recover and reconstruct their country will be the focus of attention.
The module will introduce the history of Bosnia’s multiethnic nationalism, analyse the historical background of its religious communities and examine how religion has been used both, to intensify the conflict and to build peace. It will also explore what “respect for difference” actually means, how it is necessary for the development of democracy, and what has been achieved in the period after signing the Dayton Peace Agreement. It will further focus on women’s efforts to heal and rehabilitate in a post-conflict situation that left people wounded and traumatised.
- introduces the history of Bosnia’s multi-ethnic nationalism; analyses the historical background of its religious communities; and examines how religion has been used both to intensify conflict and to build peace
- analyses what “respect for difference” actually means and how it is necessary for the development of democracy
- explores efforts (especially those of women) in post-conflict healing and rehabilitation.
Through testimonies of women’s experiences, lectures and roundtable discussions, participants analyse the complex situation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Examples of good practice illustrate efforts and methodologies to heal and reconstruct. The module includes visits to sacred sites, encounters with religious communities and a public event.
Sarajevo provides a rich blend of the religions and cultures that shaped its past: Here the church bells toll while the muezzin calls to prayer in the mosque. Sarajevo is in the midst of reconstruction, but new cemeteries dot the hillsides. There are many obstacles to a lasting peace, but also many creative and courageous efforts. The module includes visits to Srebrenica, a site of horrible suffering during the conflict, and Zenica, a place where peace efforts continue.
The Islamic Faculty of Sarajevo