|Conflict of Cultures
Lessons from Bosnia
Haroun Er Rashid
ISBN 984 05 1411 3 1998 218pp 215x136mm HB Tk.425.00 US$25.00
The ethnic conflict in Bosnia shocked the world. Most people were taken aback that a part of Europe could return to such a degree of hatred and calculated violence indicating that the lessons of the Second World War, in particular, the ethnic cleansing of minorities and Holocaust horrors, have been ignored and that these evils are very much in the cards even today. This book is about the way the Bosnian conflict generated, the role of Britain and France in it, and above all, its lessons for Muslims the world over. The author contends that this conflict was not unique, that similar conflicts have taken place in the past two centuries, and unfortunately, may take place in the next century too if the issues are not addressed in a constructive manner. Though the author addresses Muslims in particular, the subject matter ought to be of concern to all.
Haroun-er-Rashid studied in India, Pakistan, England and USA. He began his higher studies in History, English literature and Geography (Cambridge), adding Economics (Williams) later on. He has traveled extensively and worked for the Governments of Pakistan and Bangladesh and for international organisations in the USA, Italy, Tanzania, Thailand, Yemen and several other countries. At present he is a Professor of Environmental Science and Management at the Independent University, Bangladesh. His publications include subject matters as diverse as regional geography, ornithology, water resources, and forestry, economic geography, EIA and architecture of ancient Bengal. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the current President of the South-Asian Regional Environment Assessment Association.