In his fascinating new book, Bosnian academic and former statesman, Rusmir Mahmutcehajic, explores how men and women traditionally ordered their communities, architecture, and habits of life to reflect the divine order, and how this order is coming under attack in an increasingly secularized modern world. In reflecting on how his own hometown of Stolac, Bosnia, has been destroyed and then rebuilt in the aftermath of the tragic Bosnia war, he offers explanations as to how different religious communities can live peacefully together in the future.
"For centuries Bosnia was a land where Muslims, Orthodox, Catholic, and Jewish communities lived side by side for the most part in peace. There are many who see the destiny of Bosnia as becoming once again a place where these different religions and cultures can live side by side in peace and harmony. In this moving book, Rusmir Mahmut has taken an important step towards the realization of this goal as well as drawing greater attention to the cultural and spiritual significance of Stolac. We pray and hope that all his tireless and far-reaching efforts will aid in the spiritual, psychological, and physical reconstruction of Bosnia, whose very existence is of much importance to both the Islamic world and the West, and in keeping the torch of the perennial philosophy burning in this beautiful but scarred land that stands as a bridge between these two worlds."
--Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University
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August 31, 2011
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