Sanja Kadric F'13

Sanja  Kadric
Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
The Ohio State University

Dissertation Fellowships in East European Studies 2013
Doctoral Candidate
Department of History
The Ohio State University
The Foundation Myth of Bosnian Muslims: The Devsirme in Ottoman Bosnia

This project explores Bosnian Muslims in the Ottoman devsirme, a levy of young men trained and educated as elite military and bureaucratic slaves. Illegal according to Islamic law in its own right, this institution was extended to include Bosnian Muslims, a double illegality. I contextualize this practice and explore the foundation myth that justifies it, providing a new line of inquiry and a fresh approach to devsirme studies. Moreover, this project speaks to Ottoman interpretations of Islamic law and is a vital part of the history of the Bosnian Muslim community, whose current ties remain rooted in former Ottoman lands. This is a cross-regional, cross-cultural study encompassing the entwined histories of Bosnia and Turkey through the use of Bosnian and Turkish archival sources.