Syncretical Elements in Islam in Bosnia and Herzegovina Cover Image

Sinkretistički elementi u islamu u Bosni i Hercegovini
Syncretical Elements in Islam in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Author(s): Muhamed Hadžijahić
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion
Published by: Orijentalni Institut u Sarajevu

Summary/Abstract: After having accepted Islam, brought by Turks on Balkan, Islamized Bosnians incorporated into it many elements of their earlier beliefs and rites, primarily from their Slavic religion, but also from Bogomilism and other cults which had had some influence in their country. In spite of many efforts, through centuries, to eradicate, in the religious sphere, everything that is not strictly Islamic, especially from the beliefs of Bosnian Muslims, the success wes not complete. Discussing about the existence of the continuity of rites on the same places before and after the Islamization, the author cites, as the most typical; the example of an ancient hypogeum, in fact a room built in a rock near the Cengićs' castle in Rataj near Foča, with an inscription in Bosnian alphabet. It was used by Bogomils and after the islamization converted to the teqiya and a mosque was built near it. He mentions many other places (hills, ancient graveyards, sources, caves, lakes, churches) which served as cultic places before and after Islamization. In continuity with the paganish cult of the mountains, a locality on the top of the mountain Visočica was named Džamija (mosque), on Treskavica a locality was named Cabenske stijene (Kaaba's rocks), on Konjuh a locality Dovište (the place for pray), on the top of Trebević Sofe (the name of the part of the mosque near the entrance).

  • Issue Year: 1980
  • Issue No: 28-29
  • Page Range: 301-329
  • Page Count: 29
  • Language: Bosnian