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Muslims and Christians in the Bulgarian Rhodopes – Studies on Religious (Anti) Syncretism

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ISBN: 9783110440003 9783110470611 Year: Pages: 350 DOI: 10.1515/9783110440003 Language: English
Publisher: De Gruyter
Subject: Religion --- Anthropology
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The book by Magdalena Lubanska examines the role of religious syncretism in the social and religious life of Muslim-Christian communities in the Western Rhodopes. The author is interested mainly in the origins and motivations of various beliefs and behaviors which at first sight may appear to be syncretic. She looks at syncretism in the context of anti-syncretic tendencies, particularly pronounced among the Muslim neophytes and young members of the Muslim religious elite, who are not interested in the local forms of post-ottoman Islam (“Adat Islam”), preferring instead a “pure” form of religion, a class of fundamentalist religious movements rooted in orthodox Islam and seeking to remain faithful to mainstream Islamic thought and tradition (“Salafi Islam”). Lubanska findings offer an insight into the fact that although certain actions may appear syncretic in nature, their underlying intentions are often not in fact motivated by syncretic tendencies. This is the first study to look at syncretism in Bulgaria from this perspective.

Österreichische Architekten in Bulgarien

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ISBN: 9783205993438 Year: Pages: 226 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_437187 Language: German
Publisher: Böhlau Grant: Austrian Science Fund - D 3264
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The authors have taken as target of the research project to draw up a picture of the architectural influences and the heritage of the Danubian Monarchy in Bulgaria at the turn of the century. On this way one unknown site of the architecture of the Danubian Monarchy is being cleared up.The contribution of the specialists from the Danubian Monarchy and of the Bulgarian architects educated there is being presented in the first part of the research project. The study starts out from the complex and multifarious cultural context of the European turn of the century and the political changes in southeastern Europe at this time. The decisive contribution of the specialists from the Monarchy in the field of urban design is being duplicated. The architectural influences of the Monarchy are studied in the finale chapter. The phenomenon of the willing acceptance of strange cultural elements is being explained. A chapter is devoted to the specific phenomenon of the Bulgarian National Romantic because there are detected important contributions of graduates from the architectural schools of the Monarchy.In the second part of the research project the fundamental information to the different architects and artists is being summarised in a catalogue. There are biographic descriptions of 66 persons, a listing of works and their illustrations, as well as the resources of information to be found. The work is illustrated with a maximum number of authentic documents. The shorten text consists of 171 sites and is illustrated with 338 pictures.In conclusion it is established that the search for the architectural heritage of the Danubian Monarchy in Bulgaria at the same time a search for the roots of the academic architecture in Bulgaria is.

Wendezeiten in der bulgarischen Literatur

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ISBN: 9783863951207 Year: Language: German
Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen
Subject: Languages and Literatures --- Linguistics
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„Einem ausführlichen Abriss zur Geschichte der bulgarischen Literatur aus dem beginnenden 20. Jh. folgen originelle Autorenporträts, kulturanthropologische Studien und tiefgreifende Analysen von Texten aus der jüngsten Gegenwart. Die Vernetzung verschiedener methodologischer Ansätze geht vom Kriterium der Innovation und der ästhetischen Qualität der gesichteten Werke aus. Darin sehe ich einen wesentlichen Beitrag zur Revision des Literaturkanons und dessen Rückkopplung an den sozialen, kulturellen und psychologischen Wandel der Gesellschaft im Bulgarien von heute.“ (Svetlana Arnaudova, Literaturwissenschaftlerin) „Kein vorgefundenes System und keine hergebrachte Vorstellung werden hier neu verlegt, sondern eine in beiden Kulturen – der bulgarischen und der deutschen – sich auskennende Autorin vermittelt durch ihre subjektive, aber nachvollziehbar begründete Auswahl ein lebendiges und überraschend anziehendes Bild des Bulgarischen. Besonderen Wert legt sie dabei auf den Transfer kultureller Realien.“ (Anna Dimova, Übersetzungswissenschaftlerin)

Balkán a migrace: Na křižovatce antropologických perspektiv

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ISBN: 9788090509818 Year: Pages: 149 Language: Czech
Publisher: AntropoWeb
Subject: Ethnology
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The collective monograph Balkans and migration includes five chapters written by anthropologically oriented researchers (L. Budilová, G. Fatková, L. Hanus, M. Jakoubek, M. Pavlásek) practicing a long-term research in the Balkan territory. In addition to general parameters of anthropological optics and an anthropological field research in the Balkans those particular studies are connected by study transversal theme of migration. While, however, the Balkans and anthropology in the publication are invariant framework guaranteeing the unity of the whole volume, the migration represent in this respect the constant variable. The given phenomenon is studied in case of various groups (Bulgarian and Romanian Czechs, Karakachans), and we can observe some aspects of its heterogeneous nature (post-war migration within the re-emigrant interstate agreements, seasonal labor migration, migration of farmers for the land, leaving the homeland because of religious disputes, etc.). The ambition of the monograph is to justify the relevance to attend to the fieldwork based research in the Balkans, and show why the new generation of anthropologists and other social scientists, practitioners, should pay their professional attention to the Balkan peninsula. Although Western anthropologists have been already focused on the Balkans for few decades, in Czech environment was this theme ignored by anthropologists and ethnographers. They yielded this interest to the political scientists, historians, travelers, and television reporters. This monograph is going to rectify this situation by a series of analyses applying different perspectives of the research. Those analyses are based on the interpretation of ethnographic data collected during the long-term field research. The Balkan peninsula and this terrain inhabiting populations are presented as a stimulating field for Czech anthropological researchers. An attractive topic reflected in those five chapters is the Czech expatriate presence in the Balkans. Until the present time there live several enclaves of Czech compatriots, who actively claim their Czech origin. Those enclaves adapt dynamically to the global political and economic changes. Not only the authors of this monograph have noticed that the science paradigm in the second half of the twentieth century, which is based on a priori national categorization, is not able to capture new social and cultural formations of minority groups living outside their „homeland“. An attempt to overcome the nationalistic classification of Czech (e) migration could be applied and grounded in many identification strategies taking place in the distant past. It seems that the time has come to revise the still dominant scientific approaches to expatriate minorities and expand their attention to the dimensions of collective life reflecting the changes in the last twenty years. The transformation of strategies of Czech expatriate minorities in topologically, economically and politically open Europe (hence the global environment) is a useful platform, where certain phenomena can be observed. Those phenomena produce inspiring issues of sustainability and transformation of collective identities in the contemporary world. Certain marginality of the region including more difficulties in accessibility of resources force the marginal populations to adapt to difficult conditions. These minorities are a good example for monitoring the development of organic solidarity patterns (in Durkheim sense) into more complex social structures, often „aside“ all scientific concepts of collective identification.

Chapter 6 - Prevention and stigma (Book chapter)

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Book Series: Social Histories of Medicine ISBN: 9781526127365 Year: Pages: 25 Language: English
Publisher: Manchester University Press Grant: European Commission’s OpenAIRE project
Subject: Medicine (General) --- Social Sciences --- History
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This chapter investigates the use of quarantine as an instrument of social control and as dispositive for the construction and stigmatization of the Muslim ‘other’. The study takes the under-researched case of the Hajj to Mecca from the Balkans, hence focusing on Muslims from Bulgaria and Bosnia-Herzegovina (the latter under Austrian-Hungarian rule as from 1878). Both Bosnian and Bulgarian Muslim pilgrims experienced quarantine on their return from Mecca, yet in unequal measures. Bosnian hajjis were given a more lenient quarantine than their Bulgarian co-religionists by their separate sanitary authorities – with regard to the duration of isolation and the disinfection of their bodies and personal belongings. This was due to the different political and cultural attitudes towards their Muslim minorities by these two Balkan regimes.

Wende und Übergang

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ISBN: 9783643505323 Year: Pages: 272 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_628295 Language: German
Publisher: LIT Verlag GmbH & Co. KG Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 307
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Bulgaria’s cultural policy has experienced many transformations since the revolution. One of the most important is that at the beginning the conviction developed that those elements which could not support themselves because of the new market situation made no relevant social contribution. One of the aims of this thesis is to question what the reality of “cultural economy” is and how this is reflected in law-making and life.

Revolution and Transition

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ISBN: 9783643908148 Year: Pages: 256 Seiten DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_628296 Language: English
Publisher: LIT Verlag GmbH & Co. KG Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 307
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Bulgaria’s cultural policy has experienced many transformations since the revolution. One of the most important is that at the beginning the conviction developed that those elements which could not support themselves because of the new market situation made no relevant social contribution. One of the aims of this thesis is to question what the reality of “cultural economy” is and how this is reflected in law-making and life.

We, the People

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ISBN: 9789639776289 9786155211669 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Central European University Press
Subject: History
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Analyzes the processes of nation-building in nineteenth and early-twentieth-century south-eastern Europe. A product of transnational comparative teamwork, this collection represents a coordinated interpretation based on ten varied academic cultures and traditions. The originality of the approach lies in a combination of three factors: [a] seeing nation-building as a process that is to a large extent driven by intellectuals and writers, rather than just a side effect of infrastructural modern...

Chapter 2 Independent Living in Central and Eastern Europe? (Book chapter)

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ISBN: 9781138352803 9780429434549 Year: Pages: 20 Language: English
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Subject: Social Sciences
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This chapter discusses efforts to realize the right of disabled people to independent&#xD;living and community inclusion in the post-socialist&#xD;Central and Eastern European (CEE) region.&#xD;

Ideologies and National Identities

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ISBN: 9789639241824 9786155053856 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Central European University Press
Subject: History
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Twentieth-century Southeastern Europe endured three, separate decades of international and civil war, and was marred in forced migration and wrenching systematic changes. This book is the result of a year-long project by the Open Society Institute to examine and reappraise this tumultuous century. A cohort of young scholars with backgrounds in history, anthropology, political science, and comparative literature were brought together for this undertaking. The studies invite attention to fasci...

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