Inescapable Questions : Autobiography of Alija Izetbegovic

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Title: Inescapable Questions - Autobiography of Alija Izetbegovic

Author: Alija Izetbegovic Former Persident of Bosnia Herzegovina 

Publisher: Islamic Foundation (UK)

Binding: Paperback 550 pages

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Alija Izetbegovic may best be known as the President who single-mindedly struggled for a just end to the conflict which ravaged his country in the 1990s.

In the face of indifference in Europe, which lapsed on its promise of 'never again' as concentration camps once more sprang up in its midst, he tirelessly campaigned for justice. This major autobiography is the account of one man and his remarkable life. He was imprisoned twice by the communist government of Yugoslavia (1946-48 and 1983-88). On the second occasion, as a Muslim intellectual, he served five years of a fourteen year sentance merely for his written word. In 1990, with the fall of communism, he was elected as President of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He stood by his people throughout the war of aggression against his country in the 1990s, leading his people with nerves of steel, living by his principles both as a European and as a Muslim. He signed the Dayton Peace Accord in November 1995 and was re-elected to a three-year collective Presidency in 1996.

It was his principles, however, for which he eventually resigned his position in 2000, announcing that the international community was pushing things forward in an unacceptable way. His remarkable life as a lawyer, activist, freedom fighter, politician, and scholar is detailed in these memoirs.

His life, spanning two centuries, as a model European Muslim will interest scholars, politicians and the general reader, Muslim and non-Muslim, alike.

 

 

 

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