The Imam of Budapest. An Attempt at Integrating the Muslims of Bosnia Cover Image

A budapesti imám. Kísérlet a boszniai muszlimok integrációjára
The Imam of Budapest. An Attempt at Integrating the Muslims of Bosnia

Author(s): Pál Fodor
Subject(s): Local History / Microhistory, Recent History (1900 till today), Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Bölcsészettudományi Kutatóközpont Történettudományi Intézet
Keywords: Islam in Hungary; Hungary and Bosniaks; Gül Baba turbe;

Summary/Abstract: From the early years of the 20th century Bosnia occupied an increasingly important place in the Hungarian plans for political expansion. It was in the framework of this strategy that the derelict mausoleum of Gül Baba in Budapest was ordered to be transformed into a pilgrimage site and mosque, and a Muslim religious community established for the service of resident and visiting Turkish and Bosnian Muslims. A trained hodja, that is, imam was brought to lead it from Turkey, and a muezzin from Bosnia, and a boarding school founded. But, as the imam brought from Istanbul failed to live up to the expectations, and the Hungarian government proved unable to secure the infrastructural background, the Hungarian Muslim religious community only materialized decades later. The only result of the whole scheme was the enactment of Islam among the officially accepted religions by the Hungarian parliament in 1916.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 315-323
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Hungarian