Religion in the Yugoslav conflicts: post-war perspectives


  • Christian Moe University of Oslo


Yugoslav War, 1991-1995, Ethnic conflict, Social conflict, Holy war, Group identity, Culture conflict, Genocide, Communism, Politics and Christianity, Politics and Islam, Religions -- Relations


The wars that dissolved Yugoslavia – were they religious wars? Why are conflicts increasingly coded as religious, rather than as, for example, social or ethnic? What constitutes a ‘religious’ or ‘holy’ war. This article attempts an inventory of important cat­egories and hypotheses generated in the relevant literature so far, with a few critical notes along the way. The author considers the role assigned to religion in structural, cultural, and actor-oriented explanations of the Yugoslav wars. Structural and cultural explanations downplay the role of human agency and, hence, of moral responsibility; actor-oriented approaches focus on it.

How to Cite

Moe, C. (2006). Religion in the Yugoslav conflicts: post-war perspectives. Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis, 19, 256–275.