Bosniak in Spain


Population
1,400
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Bosniaks are an ethnic group living in the southeastern part of Europe, mainly in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is proposed that their 'genetic roots' are reflective of numerous pre-historic components, especially signatures thought to be 'autochthonous' to the Dinaric region, where the historical Illyrians later appeared.

The earliest known inhabitants of the area now known as Bosnia and Herzegovina were the Illyrians, who spoke a language related to modern Albanian. The Romans conquered Illyria after a series of wars, and Latin-speaking settlers from all over the empire settled among the Illyrians.

In the Seventh Century, Slavs settled in Bosnia, Herzegovina and the surrounding lands. In 1463 the Turkish Ottoman Empire conquest at that time the independent Bosnian kingdom and it was the beginning of the influence of Islamic Civilization in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

After the Second World War, Bosnia and Herzegovina became one of the six republics of Socialistic Federative Republic of Yugoslavia. In Yugoslavia, unlike the preceding Austro-Hungarian Empire, Bosniaks were not allowed to declare themselves as Bosniaks. As a compromise, the Constitution of Yugoslavia was amended in 1968 to list Muslims by nationality recognizing a nation, but not the Bosniak name. The Yugoslav "Muslim by nationality" policy was considered by Bosniaks to be neglecting and opposing their Bosnian identity because the term tried to describe Bosniaks as a religious group not an ethnic one. When Bosnia declared independence from Yugoslavia, most people who used to declare as Muslims began to declare themselves as Bosniaks.


Where Are they Located?

Most Bosniaks identify themselves with Bosnia and Herzegovina as their ethnic state and are part of such a common nation. There are around two million Bosniaks living in the Balkans today. The largest number of Bosniaks outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina is found in the Sandzak region of Montenegro and Serbia. A smaller number have migrated to places like Spain where they have no cultural affinity with the majority population. Within Spain, there are Bosniaks in Castellon, Barcelona, and Girona.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Being part of Europe and influenced not only by the oriental but also by western culture, Bosniaks are considered to be some of the most advanced Islamic peoples of the world. The nation takes pride in the melancholic folk songs sevdalinke, the precious medieval filigree manufactured by old Sarajevo craftsmen, and a wide array of traditional wisdoms that are carried down to newer generations by word of mouth, and in recent years written down in numerous books.

National heroes are typically historical figures, whose life and skill in battle are emphasized. These include figures such as Gazi Husrev-beg, the second Ottoman governor of Bosnia or Alija Djerzelez, an almost mythic character who even the Ottoman Sultan was said to have called "A Hero". Old Slavic influences can also be seen, such as Kulin Ban who has acquired legendary status. Even today, the people regard him as a favorite of the fairies, and his reign as a golden age.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Bosniaks are Sunni Muslim, although historically Sufism has also played a significant role among them. For many Bosniaks, Islamic identity has more to do with cultural roots than with religious beliefs. Even among most religious Bosniaks, there is a disdain for religious leaders exercising any influence over day-to-day life. Bosniaks are no different than other Muslims in that they view Islam as the foundation of their culture.


What Are Their Needs?

Bosniaks need to learn marketable skills that will help them flourish in the urban, 21st century settings in Spain.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God will meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of Bosniaks in Spain.
* Pray that God will grant wisdom and favor to the mission agencies that are currently working among Bosnians.
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Spain and share Christ with Bosniaks.
* Ask the Lord to raise a strong Disciple-Making movement among Bosnians.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10953/BK
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/10953/GM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnians


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bosniak
People Name in Country Bosniak
Population in Spain 1,400
World Population 2,890,300
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bosniac, Muslimani, Muslmani, Musselmani
People ID 10953
ROP3 Code 101629
Country Spain
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Spain
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Bosnian (1,400 speakers)
Language Code bos   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bosnian
Primary Language Bosnian (1,400 speakers)
Language Code bos   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bosnian

Primary Language:  Bosnian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1564-1992)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1563-1983)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1804-2013)
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bosnian
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.03 %)
0.06 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
95.00 %
Non-Religious
4.94 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Kud Lola Cultural-Artistic Association 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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