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Hidden Aspects of Social and Historical Development of Islamic Community in Sisak, Croatia

In: Journal of Muslims in Europe
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  • 1 Institute for Social ResearchZagrebCroatia
  • | 2 Institute for Migration and Ethnic StudiesZagrebCroatia
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Abstract

This article presents the efforts of the Islamic community in Sisak, Croatia, to achieve better social status and recognition in the local environment from the 1960s until today. By applying anthropological perspectives, we present the Islamic community’s long-lasting efforts of building a mosque, presenting their personal experience related to cultural identity and belonging. The aim is to present aspirations of the Islamic community during and after socialism focusing on inter-institutional communication and diverse integration strategies. We approach the Islamic community from an ethnographic perspective, conducting interviews with community members and searching documents in archives.

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