About contribution of associates of the Oriental Institute in Sarajevo in the study of history of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Ottoman times

  • Enes Pelidija, prof.dr.

Abstract

In the past five decades of work and presence of the Oriental Insti- tute in Sarajevo, its numerous scientific and expert contributors have been doing research on Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Ottoman times. Up to the year 1992, the staff of the Institute has been gathering a number of documents from domestic and foreign archives. Most of the archive material was oriental in nature. Many of them were unique. With a special library and historical sources, the Oriental Institute is one of the most important institutions of this kind in the Southeastern Europe. Un- fortunately, all this wealthy materials vanished in the flame of fire caused by the shelling from a Serbian position on the 17th May 1992. But, the employees of the Institute have continued their work very hard to rebuild the collection, and thus have made library collection richer. Up to this day, they have been quite successful, thanks to help of individual persons, institutions and donations from the collection of friendly countries. When we look at the bibliography of the work on the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Ottoman time, we can see that the Oriental Institute with its associates has done a great deal in it. With its monographs, papers and articles, they give an answer to the many questions posed at that time. They also give some attention to the social, political, military, economic and cultural history of this country and its people.

Apart from the books which were published by this institution, a large number of its works have been published in the journal “Prilozi za orientalnu filologiju” (Contribution to the Oriental philology). With this journal the Oriental Institute was known and distinguished. Up to this day it has published around 50 journals, which is almost one a year. All this was possible because of the great contribution of its editors and editorial staff. Special worthiness of this scientific institution is scholarly and skillful associates. Many of them are well known in the world of science. Through time the Oriental Institute has continuously managed get new staff who were able to get skilled and experience working with senior skillful colleagues in the Institute. The result of this are many scientific projects, papers, monographs, as well as translations of the many records (defters) and other oriental materials. Without the Oriental Institute in Sarajevo, the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina would be less known and many scholars and events would be unknown to the public. Therefore, recognition to the work of the associates of the institute is unavoidable to. Especially significant is research done by the associates regarding the regions which were hundred of years within Bosnian eyalet. Those links give answers to many current questions regarding the past of Bosnia and Bosniaks.

Serious approach to research on certain topics, resulted in the abandonment of many earlier prejudices and myths. Because of such an approach the Oriental Institute became well known in the world and its staff and associates respected.In the future we expect that scholarly results of the staff and associate of the Oriental Institute in Sarajevo to be even greater, and more important ones to get new staff who were able to get skilled and experience working with senior skillful colleagues in the Institute. The result of this are many scientific projects, papers, monographs, as well as translations of the many records (defters) and other oriental materials. Without the Oriental Institute in Sarajevo, the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina would be less known and many scholars and events would be unknown to the public. Therefore, recognition to the work of the associates of the institute is unavoidable. Especially significant is research done by the associates regarding the regions which were hundred of years within Bosnian eyalet. Those links give answers to many current questions regarding the past of Bosnia and Bosniaks. Serious approach to research on certain topics, resulted in the abandonment of many earlier prejudices and myths. Because of such an approach the Oriental Institute became well known in the world and its staff and associates respected. In the future we expect that scholarly results of the staff and associate of the Oriental Institute in Sarajevo to be even greater, and more important ones.

Published
2005-12-31
How to Cite
Pelidija, E. (2005). About contribution of associates of the Oriental Institute in Sarajevo in the study of history of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the Ottoman times. Anali Gazi Husrev-Begove Biblioteke, 13(23-24), 281-296. Retrieved from https://www.anali-ghb.com/index.php/aghb/article/view/144
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