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Sanja Kadric F'13

Sanja Kadric

Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
Ohio State University
last updated: 06/04/13

Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies 2013
Doctoral Candidate
Department: Department of History
Ohio State University
The Foundation Myth of Bosnian Muslims: The Devsirme in Ottoman Bosnia

This project explores Bosnian Muslims in the Ottoman devsirme, a levy of young men trained and educated as elite military and bureaucratic slaves. Illegal according to Islamic law in its own right, this institution was extended to include Bosnian Muslims, a double illegality. I contextualize this practice and explore the foundation myth that justifies it, providing a new line of inquiry and a fresh approach to devsirme studies. Moreover, this project speaks to Ottoman interpretations of Islamic law and is a vital part of the history of the Bosnian Muslim community, whose current ties remain rooted in former Ottoman lands. This is a cross-regional, cross-cultural study encompassing the entwined histories of Bosnia and Turkey through the use of Bosnian and Turkish archival sources.