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Kako institucije pričaju priče: zločin u franjevačkom samostanu u Bosni
How Institutions Tell Stories: A Crime at a Franciscan Monastery in Bosnia

Author(s): Aleksandar Vukić, Ekrem Čaušević
Subject(s): Museology & Heritage Studies
Published by: Orijentalni Institut u Sarajevu
Keywords: Bosnia; Franciscans; Ottoman rule; thought style; interconfessional violence

Summary/Abstract: In 1855, outside the Franciscan Monastery at Plehan, near Dervanta, in North Bosnia, a Muslim man was murdered and his corpse burned. Several friars and local villagers were accused of the murder and imprisoned by the Ottoman Bosnian authorities. On the basis of letters written by the Franciscans who were directly or indirectly involved in the incident, and some additional sources, the authors of this paper approach the case with the aim of understanding the way in which the members of a community, in this instance the local Franciscan community, developed and applied specific thought styles, how they differentiated themselves from their Others (Muslims and Orthodox Christians), and how they consequently interpreted the conflict situation which led to the murder, persistently absolving themselves of any guilt.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 62
  • Page Range: 239-256
  • Page Count: 18
  • Language: Bosnian