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Islamic Higher Education In The Balkans: A Survey

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The Balkan Muslim communities originated with the Ottoman presence in the region and for centuries their destiny was tied to the fortunes of the Ottoman state. Bosnian Muslims manage their Islamic affairs through a non-governmental, country-wide, independent organisation called the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina (ICBH) established in 1882 and currently headed by rais al-ulama or the grand mufti Dr Mustafa Ceric. The ICBH operates three major higher educational institutions: the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Sarajevo; the Islamic Education Faculty in Zenica; and the Islamic Education Faculty in Bihać. The combined student population of the seven Islamic faculties in the Balkans is approximately 1,950 and including a significant percentage of part-time students. Overall, compared with the 1950s, when only a few Islamic high schools were left operating, the Islamic education institutions in the Balkans of today are developing fast and future prospects look promising, except in Albania.

Keywords: Balkan Muslim communities; ICBH; Islamic high schools



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