Inter Ethnic Relations Between the Serbs and Arbanas Cover Image

Међуетнички односи Срба и Арбанаса
Inter Ethnic Relations Between the Serbs and Arbanas

Author(s): Mirko Barjaktarović
Subject(s): Inter-Ethnic Relations, Politics and Identity
Published by: Етнографски институт САНУ
Summary/Abstract: First relations between the Serbs and Arbanas occurred mostly at peaceful times but during Serbian predominance. Northern parts of present Albania and the territory of the Serbs of the Zeta in the Middle ages, which became Montenegro are meant by this. That is why inter cultural relations occurred. In organised states of Zeta and Hercegovina, there were making Serbians particularly among cattle raisers belonging to Arbanas groups /Krici, Matarige, Macure/. Among northern Arbanas (Catholics) and Montenegrans in the period of foreign (Turkish) rule, there was the very same local social home rule (tribes). There were almost no Arbanas in another Serbian state - Raska (or Serbia) in the Middle Ages. They would particularly inhabit Kosovo and Metohija in the last two centuries of Turkish occupation. They adopted Islam religion in great numbers, and in that way they became privileged. Through Islam religion, certain numbers of Serbs were made Arbanas. That is why in traditional Serbian culture and in occasional opportunities in old Serbia, inhabited by Arbanas people, there were few inter cultural integrations. There were more between Montenegians and Arbanas people. But repressing Serbs and multiplication of the Arbanas people in the regions of Kosovo and Metohija are the cause of political problems of mutual life of the Arbanas people who are in greater numbers and the Serbs in Kosovo and Metohija.

  • Page Range: 39-65
  • Page Count: 27
  • Publication Year: 1998
  • Language: Serbian