WAHHABISM IN THE BALKANS – ISLAMIC THREAT OR THREAT TO THE ISLAM

Mitko Kotovchevski

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ABSTRACT: In the post-conflict atmosphere of the Balkans the Wahhabism beganto spread (at the beginning - shyly and with unremarkable number of members which intime began to grow and enrich its extreme Balkan milieu). If ten years ago its followerscould not fill more than one row of believers in the mosques (their place was in the finalrows), today the image has drastically changed in their favor. The situation is rapidlychanging day by day, their numbers in certain areas are increasing with arithmetic progression which creates the opportunity for them to become the dominant groups andthus to quietly "occupy" the mosques in more Balkan cities.With the rapid increase of their structure, they have increased their ambitions andgoals, but also their aggression and aggressive rhetoric, the radicalization of their goals,which opens the way to violence and terrorism of their extreme and radical nuclei. As anillustration of their violent actions in this paper will emphasize a number of interestingevents related to the safety that have occurred in the recent years in the territory fromBosnia to Macedonia.

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