Prof. Dr. Keith Doubt’s book promoted at IUS

The book promotion of a famous and renowned American author Prof. Dr. Keith Doubt, entitled “ Through the window: Kinship and Elopement in Bosnia and Herzegovina '' was held at the International University of Sarajevo (IUS) on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The promotion was held in the large amphitheater of IUS and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) at IUS, Assist. Prof. Dr. Muhidin Mulalić was the moderator throughout the event. This book promotion has attracted a large number of teaching staff and students as well as representatives of academic community in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The book was promoted by Prof. Dr. Asim Mujkić, (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo), Prof. Dr. Mirjana Mavrak, (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo) and Prof. Dr. Adnan Tufekčić, (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Tuzla).

The author of this book Prof. Doubt, as Visiting Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies, has been delivering graduate courses whereby graduate students have been given an excellent opportunity to broaden their knowledge in sociology, cultural studies and the research methodology. Thanks to the vision of the Rector Prof. Dr. Yucel Ogurlu and his support, well-known scientists and scholars, as Prof. Doubt, became part of IUS academic community. Due to Rector’s initiative last semester eleven professors from abroad were hired across three faculties, which, in addition, have also reaffirmed the international character of our university.

Prof. Doubtis the author of four books namely: Towards a Sociology of Schizophrenia: Humanistic Reflections; Sociology after Bosnia and Kosovo: Recovering Justice; Sociology after Bosnia and Understanding Evil: Lessons from Bosnia. Then, he published more than 25 journal articles and most of them deal with sociological, anthropological and ethnological aspects of Bosnia. He is also co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Duh Bosne / Spirit of Bosnia. If one takes into consideration his passionate interest in Bosnia and his scholarly contributions Prof. Keith is the Bosnologist in a real sense.

The book of Prof. Doubt is a significant contribution in the field of sociology, anthropology and ethnology. This book is based on scientific research methodology that includes interviews and questionnaires. Actually Prof. Doubt as field researcher spent several years in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to investigate kinship and elopement, visiting different towns and villages in order to collect his data. In his work he analyzed key classical sources that have already elaborated the subject such as those written by Anton Hangi, Tamara Tomašević, Ivo Banac, Ivan Lovrenovic, Rusmir Mahmutćehajić and Tone Bringa. In addition, Prof. Doubt was skillful in putting his research into theoretical framework whereby he used key sociological, anthropological and ethnological works and theories.

Prof. Doubt has attempted to prove that Bosnia and Herzegovina is not only a collection of geographical and historical concepts. Certainly, Bosnia is not about two entities, one district, 10 cantons and numerous political, constitutional and nationalist/ethnic questions that have been continuously addressed by the local and the international political elites but, on the contrary, Bosnia is the reflection of its multicultural, multi-religious and multiethnic society. In one part of the book Prof. Doubt has stated that the world is familiar with the war and the present political predicaments of Bosnia and Herzegovina but not with the sociological and humanistic dimension of the Bosnian society, or “the society itself.” Therefore this work projected the conception of 'kumstvo’ 'prijateljstvo’ ‘bratstvo’ ‘pomirenje’ and ‘komšiluk’ which at the micro-sociological level represent the Bosnian society. Such micro-sociological dimension of the Bosnian society should be used in tackling present political, administrative, legal and constitutional predicaments of the Bosnian state.

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