Sheikh Sejfudin Fehmi ef. Kemura

  • Samija Sarić


Sheikh Sejfudin ef. Kemura, religious teacher, writer, author, tireless researcher on history of Sarajevo from the Ottoman times, was born in Sarajevo in 1863 (22 Shaban 1280 H). Kemura developed great inter- est in history of Bosnia and Bosniaks from his childhood. He started to write at a young age, thanks to his work in the Library of the Osman Shehdi ef. the library of the Imperial mosque from 1905 to 1914. Work- ing in this library he came across with many historical sources, some of them he translated and published later. Muhamed Enveri ef. Kadic, a passionate collector of historical materials on Bosnia and Herzegovina influenced Kemura to move towards research of history of Sarajevo’s mosques from the Ottoman times. In his work “Sarajevo’s mosques and other public buildings of Turkish time” he describes and provides sketches of more than sixty of Sarajevo’s mosques. Surveying their history he gave texts of inscriptions and documents from sidjils, related to those mosques. Acquaintanceship with Ciro Truhelka helped him to become a con- tributor to the journal Glasnik Zemaljskog muzeja (The Herald of Home- land museum) in Sarajevo. Thanks to these circumstances, Kemura pub- lished a great deal of his work in this journal. It is important to note that Kemura did not confine himself only to the study of historical materials dealing with Islamic institutions. Rather he did research and studied the history of other confessions as well.

He died in Sarajevo on 14 of September 1917 and was buried in Hambina carina cemetery beside the grave of his mother.

A short bibliography of his works is attached to this paper.