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Inescapable Questions: Autobiographical Notes Hardcover – 28 Oct 2002
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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 the indifference of Europe, which had lapsed on its fifty-year old promise of 'never again' as concentration camps once more sprang up in its midst, he tirelessly campaigned for justice at home and abroad. To some he is difficult and uncompromising; to others he is a man who sought to live his life by the highest of principles. As a prisoner of conscience in the 1980s he once wrote, 'when i lose the reasons to live, i die.' Alija Izetbegovic is one of those rare individuals who have managed to both inspire and lead a whole nation in its pursuit of freedom, winning the admiration of people the world over. His esteemed career as a lawyer, activist, politician, freedom fighter 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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The author, Alija Izetbegovic, who died in October 2003, was a hero of the Muslim resistance during the bloody siege of Sarajevo. He led his country to independence from communist Yugoslavia. Onetime stepfather of Bosnia, Richard Holbrooke, heaped praise on the ailing Muslim leader Izetbegovic as someone Bosnia "could not have existed without."
He was a devout Muslim who fought for the emancipation of his people within a multi-ethnic state, but never realised his dream of a reunified Bosnia.
Izetbegovic long advocated a state in which ethnic Muslims, Croats and Serbs would fully enjoy their national and religious rights, denied in former communist Yugoslavia. However, the nationalist urges of the Serbian population shattered this dream.
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