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2. National History

2.1 Institutions for the Production of (National) History

Orijentalni Institut (Institute for Oriental Studies)

Founded in 1950 in Sarajevo.          
Internet: http://www.ois.unsa.ba

Its tasks are:  

  • to collect, organize, process and publish the written and archive material of Oriental studies as well as sources of the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • to study Arabic, Turkish and Persian languages and their literatures and cultures, and examine their elements in the Bosnian language and culture
  • within Ottoman studies, to study problems of the social, political, economic and cultural history of Bosnia and Herzegovina during Ottoman rule
  • to study Oriental art, primarily at the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The institute publishes the Prilozi za orijentalnu filologiju (“Contributions for the Oriental philology”) magazine, since 1950.   

Filozofski fakultet sa Odsjekom za istoriju (Faculty of Philosophy with the Department for History)

Established in 1950
Internet: http://www.ff.unsa.ba

It trains historians and history teachers. 

Institut za istoriju (Institute for History)

Founded in 1958 in Sarajevo under the name of Institut za istoriju radničkog pokreta (“The Institute for Historyof the Working Movement”). In 1973 it changed the name into Institut za istoriju.
Internet: http://www.iis.unsa.ba

Since 1965, it has been publishing the professional magazine Prilozi (“The Contributions”). It does not exclusively promote the Bosniak national identity, but does study all the peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina and by that the history of the Bosniaks as well.      

Akademija nauka i umjetnosti Bosne I Hercegovine (Academy of Science and Arts of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Founded in 1966 as the continuation of the Naučno društvo (Scientific Society), which had been established in 1952.
Internet: http://www.anubih.ba

The Academy has no separate history section, but in its work also deals with history.

Institut za proučavanje nacionalnih odnosa Marksističkog studijskog centra CK SKB&H “Veljko Vlahović”(Institute for the Study of National Relations at the Marxist Studying Center of the Central Committee of the League of Communists of Bosnia-Herzegovina “Veljko Vlahović”)

Founded in Sarajevo in 1982.

It published the journal Sveske (“Notebooks”), and dealt with national questions in Bosnia and Herzegovina in general, not exclusively with Bosniak national identity. It was discontinued.       

Institut za istraživanje zločina protiv čovječnosti i međunarodnog prava (Institute for the Research of Crimes against Humanity and International Law)

Founded in 1993 at the University of Sarajevo, and studying war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina committed during the 1990s.    
Internet: http://www.inzl.unsa.ba

Muzej revolucije Bosne i Hercegovine (Museum of the Revolution of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Established in 1945.

Today it works as Historijski muzej Bosne i Hercegovine (Museum of History of Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Bošnjački Institut (Bosniak Institute)

It was founded by Adil Zulfikarpašić – a prominent Bosnian émigré during communism, who promoted the Bosniak identity in Zurich in 1988 and moved to Sarajevo in 1991. It is a cultural and scientific institution, hosting also a museum.
Internet: http://www.bosnjackiinstitut.org

Društvo istoričara Bosne i Hercegovine (Society of Historians of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Established in 1946 and operational until 1992. It used to publish the journal “Godišnjak” (“Yearbook”) magazine.

2.2 Authoritative Historical Publications, shaping the national narrative

  • Mustafa Imamović: Historija Bošnjaka (The History of the Bosniaks). Sarajevo 1997 (the third edition was published in 2006)
  • Atif Purivatra (ed.): Ko je ko u Bošnjaka (Who is who among the Bosniaks). Sarajevo: Vijeće Kongresa bošnjačkih intelektualaca (The Congress Assembly of the Bosniak Intellectuals) 2000.