Construction of Antifascist History: “Muslim Resolutions” 1941

Original scientific paper

Mirjana Kasapović ; Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb

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In contemporary Bosniak historiography on the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), Muslim resolutions have an important place – six political petitions sent by members of the Muslim religious and secular elite to the NDH authorities and to the public in autumn and winter of 1941. In the first part of the article, I describe the historical-political context in which the resolutions appeared. After that I point out the motives that prompted interest in those documents which were found in their alleged concealment and forgery in Yugoslav politics and historiography during the communist period. In the second part, I present interpretations of the content and meaning of the resolutions in the revisionist current of Bosniak historiography. In the third part, by using discursive analysis of resolutions, and by describing the war ideological and political profile of many of their prominent signatories, I show the real nature of these documents. In the concluding part, I analyze the dynamics and logic of the revisionist interpretation of Muslim resolutions – spatial and social dissemination and ideological and political falsification – as one of the foundations of the construction of anti-fascist history of Muslims/Bosniaks in World War II in general. I conclude that the Muslim resolutions were neither anti- Ustasha nor anti-fascist acts, but protest letters that had limited political goals: to influence the state to curb and control religious and ethnic violence and to protect the Muslim population from violence against it, but also to absolve it of responsibility for violence against other communities.

NDH; Muslim Resolutions; Protest; Antifascism; Historical Revisionism

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