Friday, July 13, 2007

Balkan extremists

from The Economist

During the war thousands of foreigners came to Bosnia to fight. Many stayed on and took citizenship. An unknown number of Bosniaks (Bosnian Muslims) have been to study in Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries. All this has raised fears that, under foreign influences, a radical Wahhabism may take root in Bosnia and in the (mainly Muslim) Sandzak region that straddles the border of Serbia and Montenegro ... Few Bosniaks have abandoned their traditions for Wahhabism, though some may have been influenced by Jusuf Barcic, who studied in Saudi Arabia, and was killed in a car crash in May. As many as 3,000 turned out for his funeral; many came from abroad.

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