The bridge betrayed [electronic resource] : religion and genocide in Bosnia /
Michael A. Sells ; with a new preface.
Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998.
xv, 244 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
0585130272 (electronic bk.)
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Berkeley : University of California Press, c1998.
0585130272 (electronic bk.)
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Electronic reproduction. Boulder, Colo. : NetLibrary, 2000. Available via the World Wide Web. Available in multiple electronic file formats. Access may be limited to NetLibrary affiliated libraries.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-222) and index.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1996-10-01:
A Serbian American professor of religion, Sells (Mystical Languages of Unsaying, Univ. of Chicago, 1994) explores all angles surrounding the recent systematic destruction of the Bosnian Muslims. He lays down a solid background of the origins of the war and explains the Serbian attitude that religion equals nationality, which shows why the Serbs believe the Muslims are traitorous to their country. Sells also describes Croatia's role in the conflict. Along with some fascinating reports and details on the genocide, he spends the final two chapters blasting the UN, NATO, and the West for not becoming more involved in stopping the crimes against the Bosnians. His work is recommended for all academic and large public libraries for its ability to explain this confusing war clearly.‘Jill Jaracz, Professionals Lib. Service, Chicago
Appeared in Choice on 1997-03-01:
In this unique exploration of the religious dimensions of genocide in Bosnia, Sells focuses on a national mythology "that portrays Slavic Muslims as Christ killers and race traitors." Sells asks but does not fully reply to the question, "How could members of a religion which began six centuries after the death of Jesus be responsible for his death?" The remainder of Sells's book analyzes and documents the genocide that was committed against Bosnian Muslims as a result of this ideology. Despite the appropriate moral tone of this work and the excellent documentation of Muslim suffering, the central focus on one narrow aspect of religious ideology remains problematic. Sells fails to explore the differences between Catholic Croat and Orthodox Serb attitudes toward the Muslims, or to employ the sociological concept of "civil religion" to explain how a religious ideology becomes politicized. In addition to the Croats and Serbs, many other Western peoples exhibit racist behavior toward Muslims, but not for reasons having to do with killing Christ. Sells fails to explore the role of religion in Western appeasement of Serbian aggression in Bosnia. More than a third of the book consists of extensive notes and index. All levels. S. G. Mestrovic Texas A&M University

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