Some remarks about Bosnian alhamiado poetry

  • Aziz Kadribegović


The so-called alhamiado literature of the Muslims in Bosnia and Herzegovina hasn't been explored enough though it represents a considerable part of the literatu­re in this country. Created during two centuries, today it is still a topic worthy of investigation. Four decades ago Mehmed Hanđić expressed his hope that the investi­gators would pay more attention to it, but there was little change till now. So the most complete study about the Alhamiado literature is the book written by Sejfudin Kemura and Vladimir Ćorović (edited 1912). In the second part of the article the author discusses two opinions about the intention of the poem "Poziv na viru" (Call for Faith) written by Mohammed Hevaie. Some authors consider that the poem represents call to the Christians to accept Islam and the others prefer the view, that it points to the need of collaboration between Muslims and Christians. The author thinks, that both opinions are extreme to some extent.

The third part of the text is the analysis of two lyric love poems "Otkad tebe nisam, gospo, vidio" (Since I haven't seen you, lady) written by the unknown author, and "Ašiklijski elif-ba" (The Lover's A. B.) by Fejzo Softa. The author underlines the fact that the literature reached its best in love poetry. The two above mentioned poems have the unquestionable value and the quality of being modern even now. That it's exaggerative to talk about the collaboration not founded one religion in the time when the religion was the essential part of the life.

How to Cite
Kadribegović, A. (1976). Some remarks about Bosnian alhamiado poetry. Anali Gazi Husrev-Begove Biblioteke, 3(4), 143-154. Retrieved from