Late Ottoman Bosnia and the Imperial Afterlife

with Leyla Amzi-Erdoğdular

hosted by Susanna Ferguson

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The Treaty of Berlin in 1878 brought an Austro-Hungarian occupation to many parts of the Balkans such as Bosnia that had lived under Ottoman rule for centuries. While this was certainly a historical rupture, as Leyla Amzi-Erdoğdular emphasizes, this period also witnessed some important continuities with the Ottoman past. In this episode, we discuss Dr. Amzi-Erdoğdular's ongoing book project regarding those continuities and examine the lives of Ottoman Muslims of Bosnia between two empires.

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Leyla Amzi-Erdoğdular is a Lecturer in Ottoman Language at Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia University. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Afterlife of Empire, which explores Ottoman continuities in Habsburg Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Susanna Ferguson is a doctoral candidate in Middle Eastern History at Columbia University, where she focuses on the history of women and gender in the Arab world during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. (

Episode No. 198
Release date: 27 August 2015
Location: Columbia University
Editing and production by Chris Gratien
Musical excerpt of "Bülbülüm Altın Kafeste" courtesy of Ahmet Erdoğdular and Makam New York
Bibliography and images courtesy of Leyla Amzi-Erdoğdular

courtesy of Leyla Amzi-Erdoğdular

Published Primary Sources:

Binark, İsmet, Necati Gültepe, and Necati Aktaş, eds. Bosna-hersek ile ilgili arşiv
belgeleri, 1516-1919. Ankara: T.C. Başbakanlık, Devlet Arşivleri Genel Müdürlüğü, Osmanlı Arşivi Daire Başkanlığı, 1992.

Sarınay, Yusuf, Mustafa Budak, and H. Y. Ağanoğlu, eds. Osmanlı belgelerinde Bosna
Hersek: Bosna i Hercegovina u osmanskim dokumentima. İstanbul: T.C. Başbakanlık, Devlet Arşivleri Genel Müdürlüğü, Osmanlı Arşivi Daire Başkanlığı, 2009.

Background and Further Reading:

Babuna, Aydin. “The Berlin Treaty, Bosnian Muslims, and Nationalism.” In War and
Diplomacy: The Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878 and the Treaty of Berlin, edited by M. Hakan Yavuz, 219-220. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press, 2011.

Bandžović, Safet. Iseljavanje Bošnjaka u Tursku. Sarajevo: Institut za istraživanje zločina
protiv čovječnosti i međunarodnog prava, 2006.

Bougarel, Xavier. “Farewell to the Ottoman Legacy? Islamic Reformism and Revivalism
in Inter-War Bosnia-Herzegovina.” In Islam in Inter-War Europe edited by Nathalie Clayer and E Germain, 313–43. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.

Davison, Roderic H. “The Ottoman Boycott of Austrian Goods in 1908–09 as a
Diplomatic Question.” In IIIrd Congress on the Social and Economic History of Turkey: Princeton University, 24–26 August 1983, edited by Heath W. Lowry and Ralph S. Hattox, 1–28. Istanbul: Isis Press, 1990.

Donia, Robert. Islam Under the Double Eagle: The Muslims of Bosnia and Hercegovina,
1878-1914. Boulder: East European Quarterly, 1981.

Emgili, Fahriye. Yeniden Kurulan Hayatlar: Boşnakların Türkiye'ye Göçleri, 1878-1934.
Istanbul: Bilge Kültür Sanat, 2012.

Fuhrmann, Malte. “Vagrants, Prostitutes and Bosnians: Making and Unmaking European
Supremancy in Ottoman Southeast Europe.” In Conflicting Loyalties in the Balkans: The Great Powers, the Ottoman Empire and Nation-Building, edited by Hannes Grandits, Nathalie Clayer, and Robert Pichler, 15-45. London & New York: I.B. Tauris, 2011.

Karčić, Fikret. The Bosniaks and the Challenges of Modernity: Late Ottoman and
Hapsburg Times. Sarajevo: El-Kalem, 1999.

Karčić, Fikret. “Maktab-i Nuwwab of Sarajevo: A Bosnian Contribution to Muslim
Education.” IRKHS Research and Information Bulletin 2 (1996).

Karpat, Kemal. “The migration of the Bosnian Muslims to the Ottoman state, 1878-1914:
an account based on Turkish sources.” In Ottoman Bosnia: A History in Peril edited by Markus Koller and Kemal Karpat. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2004.

Koller, Markus and Kemal Karpat. Ottoman Bosnia: A History in Peril. Madison:
University of Wisconsin Press, 2004.

Okey Robin. Taming Balkan Nationalism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Popovic, Alexandre.  L'islam Balkanique: Les Musulmans Du Sud-Est Européen Dans La
Période Post-Ottomane. Berlin: Osteuropa-Institut an der Freien Universität Berlin, 1986.

Schick, Irvin Cemil. “Christian Maidens, Turkish Ravishers: The Sexualization of
National Conflict in the Late Ottoman Period.” In Women in the Ottoman Balkans: Gender, Culture and History, edited by Amila Buturović and Irvin C. Schick, 274-304. London: I.B. Tauris, 2007.

Sugar, Peter F.  Industrialization of Bosnia-Hercegovina: 1878–1918. Seattle: University
of Washington Press, 1964.


Province of Bosnia (Bosna Vilayeti) from Memalik-i Mahruse-i Şahaneye Mahsus Mukemmel ve Mufassal Atlas, 1907 (
Bosnian Reading Room (courtesy of Leyla Amzi-Erdoğdular)


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