A survey of the Archive materials in the Riyasat of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Archive of the Riyasat of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina is placed in the Gazi Husrev-bey Library in the street of Hamdije Kresevljakovica no. 58 in Sarajevo. The full title of the archive is “Archive of the Riyasat of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina”. Acronym of archive is ARIZBIH. The archive materials originated from the functioning of the organs and institutions of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina between the years 1882-1970. The amount of the materials, expressed in the length is more than 450 meters. The materials are completely preserved, arranged and accessible to the scholars and researchers. It presents irreplaceable sources of cultural inheritance of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Bosnians as well. Most of the materials are written in Bosnian, fewer in Osmanli, German, Arabic and another languages. Archive materials are related to the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Content wise is related to materials derived from the work and functioning of the institutions and organs of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina. All archive materials can be divided into four periods depending of the moment of the origin. Those periods are:
The period of the Austria-Hungary administration
The period of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia
The period of the German occupation and “Independent state of Croatia”
The period of socialistic regime of Yugoslavia
Materials that originated during Austro-Hungarian period are completely preserved, composed and accessible to researchers. The language is Osmanli, Bosnian, German and Arabic. The alphabet is Latin and Arabic. Materials are related to the period from the year 1882-1918. For research one can use protocols, minutes, records, directory and other archive materials. In the Kingdom of Yugoslavia the organization of the Islamic Community remained the same as during the period of Austro-Hungarian occupation, only competency of the Islamic Community expanded to Serbia and Macedonia. Archive materials related to this period are complete. Books are in the process of arrangement. The language is Bosnian and Arabic and alphabet is Latin and Arabic. The materials are general papers and documents.
Archive materials from the period of German occupation and the “Independent State of Croatia” were scattered and damaged. Now those materials have been arranged and ready for use.
For material that originated in the period of Socialistic Yugoslavia, we can say that it is completely preserved, recorded and accessible for use.
Archive services in the Riyasat of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina; was established in the year 1997. Even though we have faced many difficulties working in archive, such as lack of space, lack of technical equipment, professional staff and so on, we have managed such disorderly and scattered archive holdings put in order and formed nine archive holdings and three e collections. Arranged archive holdings are: Ulema majlis, Territorial waqf commission, Territorial waqf commissariat, Territorial waqf directorate, Waqf mearif parliament in Sarajevo, Waqf- mearif department of the district of Sarajevo, Waqf head office, The office of the mufti of Sarajevo, Tuzla, Mostar, Travnik, Banja Luka and Bihac.
By settling out materials we have separated from the archive of the Riyasat of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina three different archive collections: 1. Collection of maps, sketches, etc, 2. Collection of projects, plans, drafts, etc, 3. Collections of closing bills of different institutions of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.