Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe : Gender, Ethnicity, and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria / Kristen Ghodsee.
- Course Book
- Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 
- Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics ; 29
1 online resource : 25 halftones. 2 tables.
- Communism -- Social aspects -- Bulgaria -- Case studies.
Communism -- Bulgaria -- Case studies.
Ethnicity -- Political aspects -- Bulgaria -- Case studies.
Ethnicity -- Bulgaria -- Case studies.
Islam and politics -- Bulgaria -- Case studies.
Islam -- Social aspects -- Bulgaria -- Case studies.
Islam -- Bulgaria -- Case studies.
Muslims -- Bulgaria -- Case studies.
Muslims -- Bulgaria -- Social conditions -- Case studies.
Muslims -- Bulgaria -- Madan (Smoli︠a︡n) -- Social conditions.
Sex role -- Bulgaria -- Case studies.
Social change -- Bulgaria -- Case studies.
- In English.
- System Details:
- Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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- Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe examines how gender identities were reconfigured in a Bulgarian Muslim community following the demise of Communism and an influx of international aid from the Islamic world. Kristen Ghodsee conducted extensive ethnographic research among a small population of Pomaks, Slavic Muslims living in the remote mountains of southern Bulgaria. After Communism fell in 1989, Muslim minorities in Bulgaria sought to rediscover their faith after decades of state-imposed atheism. But instead of returning to their traditionally heterodox roots, isolated groups of Pomaks embraced a distinctly foreign type of Islam, which swept into their communities on the back of Saudi-financed international aid to Balkan Muslims, and which these Pomaks believe to be a more correct interpretation of their religion. Ghodsee explores how gender relations among the Pomaks had to be renegotiated after the collapse of both Communism and the region's state-subsidized lead and zinc mines. She shows how mosques have replaced the mines as the primary site for jobless and underemployed men to express their masculinity, and how Muslim women have encouraged this as a way to combat alcoholism and domestic violence. Ghodsee demonstrates how women's embrace of this new form of Islam has led them to adopt more conservative family roles, and how the Pomaks' new religion remains deeply influenced by Bulgaria's Marxist-Leninist legacy, with its calls for morality, social justice, and human solidarity.
A Note on Transliteration
Introduction. The Changing Face of Islam in Bulgaria
Chapter One. Names to Be Buried With
Chapter Two. Men and Mines
Chapter Three. The Have-nots and the Have-nots
Chapter Four. Divide and Be Conquered
Chapter Five. Islamic Aid
Chapter Six. The Miniskirt and the Veil
Conclusion. Minarets after Marx
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- De Gruyter.
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- De Gruyter University Press Library.
- Publisher Number:
- 10.1515/9781400831357 doi
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- Restricted for use by site license.
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