'The Bosnian Church: Its Place in State and Society from the Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Century'.
Based on use of extant primary sources, this work not only challenges enduring stereotypes and presumptions about the religious and political history of medieval Bosnia, but also reviews and reinterprets the context of religion and heresy in South-eastern Europe at the time. By John Fine
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Saqi Books, Beirut, 2007
17 x 24 cm
History - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Religion and state - Ethnicity
John Fine's major classic work on the history and nature of the medieval Bosnian Church, which flourished on the fault-line dividing the worlds of Western and Eastern Christianity, is now back in print with an important new introduction. Based on a wide-ranging and critical use of the extant primary sources, he not only successfully challenges enduring stereotypes and presumptions about the religious and political history of medieval Bosnia, but also reviews and reinterprets the wider context of religion and heresy in South-eastern Europe at the time. This seminal work has far-reaching implications for our understanding of the entire process of Islamization of early Ottoman Bosnia.
REVIEW: «This unbiased and lucid analysis of the exact nature of the relationship between the Bosnian Church and Balkan dualist heresy has retained its validity and significance in the current times, when new religio-political manipulations and actualizations of the problem have multiplied in range and intensity.» Yuri Stoyanov, author of The Other God
AUTHOR BIO: John V. A. Fine Jr is Professor of Balkan and Byzantine History at the University of Michigan. His books include The Early Medieval Balkans, The Late Medieval Balkans and, with Robert J. Donia, Bosnia and Hercegovina: A Tradition Betrayed.