By Mirnes Kovac
Many today see Bosnia and Herzegovina (short: B&H, Bosnia) as a fragile state, problematic in terms of its long political impasse – but one can ask - is it really in such an unfavorable position? The situation on the ground is not even close to that which is being projected. In order to acquaint you with B&H, I shall first provide some background, and focus on one of its main peculiarities – the fact that it is the most-Western “majority-Muslim country” in Europe,...
By Ahmad Butt
“Bosnia was once 'that exotic country in the heart of Europe'—a land with a...heritage made rich with the intermingling of many cultures and civilisations. Multinational, multicultural, multireligious, its many communities—Muslims, Serbs, Croats, Hungarians, Jews—had lived together for generations. It was in Bosnia under the Ottomans that large numbers of Jews fleeing the Inquisition in Spain found welcome refuge, and there they had stayed, weaving another strand into the country's...
After last week's exploration of Universal Values on the national level, we now turn to an exploration of those same values, and more, that have been formulated and defined around the world.
Evidently, the phrase 'universal values' has entered daily discourse more frequently in recent times. But how does this increased usage in verbal discourse translate into global action? What effect (or lack of effect) do these words have in developing countries around the world? And how in turn...
Monday 25 January to Sunday 31 January 2010
We open the discourse of this blog with an issue which has perhaps dogged humanity from our very existence, and one which has perhaps posed the most questions for us in the last decade than ever before: what are the values which are universal to all of us? Are those values common to everyone or confined to a particular community or country? 81
This is one of the first projects of this kind - a trailblazer. I hope it generates a constructive debate. I have met people from Portsmouth to Leicester, Manchester to Glasgow, and other areas throughout the country, all of whom have passionately shared their ideas on developing the British Muslim community. What I came across and what may strike some is just how progressive and innovative young British Muslims are. The Platform is an opportunity to raise and share these ideas further.
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