ALIJA IZETBEGOVIĆ ‘S CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIO-POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS THOUGHT

Authors

  • Lejla Delagic International Islamic University, Malaysia
  • Thameem USHAMA International Islamic University Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.57144/hi.v45i4.501

Keywords:

Keywords: Renewal, Islamic order, Young Muslims movement, socialist Yugoslavia, post-communist Yugoslavia, Pan-Islamism

Abstract

This paper explores the socio-political and religious thoughts of Alija Izetbegović, a Bosnian intellectual-turned-politician and one of the Islamic thinkers in ex-Yugoslavia in the 20th century. It applies descriptive and analytical methods to examine the contributions of Izetbegović in the socio-historical context, with particular reference to the Young Muslims movement. It studies the tribulations he endured due to persecution by the Communist Yugoslav authorities. Izetbegović's thought is a response to a twofold equally negative influence on Muslim intellectuals and leaders of the time – the traditionalists whose emphasis on rituals obstructed the reform and the modernists who blindly followed what Izetbegović considered un-Islamic sources. As a solution, Izetbegović advocated attaining personal freedom through education and establishing closer ties among Muslim countries from Indonesia to Morocco.

Author Biographies

Lejla Delagic, International Islamic University, Malaysia

Department of Usul al-Din and Comparative Religion, International Islamic University, Malaysia

Thameem USHAMA, International Islamic University Malaysia

Corresponding Author, Department of Usul al Din and Comparative Religion and ISTAC, International Islamic University Malaysia.

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Published

2022-12-31

How to Cite

Delagic, L. ., & USHAMA, T. (2022). ALIJA IZETBEGOVIĆ ‘S CONTRIBUTIONS TO SOCIO-POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS THOUGHT. Hamdard Islamicus, 45(4). https://doi.org/10.57144/hi.v45i4.501