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Nov 30, 2011

Lecture on the Medieval Bosnia

Asst. Prof. Emir O. Filipović from the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo presents us Bosnia and Herzegovina as the country of kings and queens


Asst. Prof. Emir O. Filipović, from the Department of History at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, delivered a historical lecture entitled „Understanding Medieval Bosnia“. The English Department’s academic staff and students as well attended the lecture on Tuesday, the 29th of November in the room 203.


The main goal was to elaborate the question “How can something that happened 1000 years ago have any significance on today’s society and the people of today?”


Assuming that not many people in the audience were familiar with this topic, Mr. Filipović started from the very first mentioning of Bosnia in written sources. Further on, Mr. Filipović focused on the most important rulers of Bosnia in the medieval period, which included Ban Kulin, Ban Stjepan II Kotromanić, Ban and King Tvrtko, King Ostoja, and other prominent figures in Bosnia's politics. The special emphasis was on Ban Tvrtko who was crowned king, and who in that way made Bosnia a kingdom. The essential information about them were provided, including the explanation of their titles, significant events related to their rule, their seals and similar marks, and the cultural heritage that remain to this day. Mr. Filipović concluded his 45 minutes long lecture enriched with visuals with the event that led to the fall of Bosnia under the Ottoman rule in 1463.


The question and answer part was also stunning, since the answers contained amazing explanations about things that are not much known to the wider audience. At the end, Dr. Azamat Akbarov thanked Mr. Filipović for accepting the invitation of the Linguistics Club and for holding an extremely amusing lecture by handing him a small gift.

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