Bosnia and Herzegovina (Modern World Nations) by Douglas A. Phillips

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Q 12/11/03 6:51 AM Page 57 People and Culture Koran (Qur’an). Muslims hold Allah as the one God of Islam, and Mohammed is believed to be the prophet of Allah. Muslims believe in these five pillars of Islam: 1. The testimony of faith; Allah is the one true God. 2. Prayer five times a day. Once each at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and night. 3. Giving support to the needy. 4. Fasting from dawn to sunset during the month of Ramadan. 5. Making a pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam’s most holy city located in Saudi Arabia, at least once during a person’s lifetime.

And German invaders, the Visigoths, sacked Rome in 476. The Goths controlled much of the Balkan Peninsula for over a hundred years, until the Slavs arrived in the sixth century. Slavs changed the region forever as they arrived and conquered all of Illyricum. The Slavic culture quickly spread, replacing the previous ways of life practiced by residents of the region. , much of the earlier culture had disappeared in the region, except for a few groups in present-day Albania. Slavic tribes of Croats, Serbs, and Slovenians were the major players in the region after the sixth century.

The hope was that these groups, all Slavs, could unite in a spirit that was called “Brotherhood and Unity” at the time. At first, this unification made great sense, but underneath lay deep religious and nationalist instincts that undermined their unity. Later, in 1929, the name Yugoslavia was adopted for the country. Germany invaded Yugoslavia in 1941, in the early stages of World War II. Bosnia and Herzegovina was incorporated into Croatia, which was controlled by the Nazis and the Croatian nationalists called the Ustachi.

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