The Cat I Never Named is a personal account of a Bosnian genocide survivor, whose family and friends were slaughtered because of their Muslim heritage during the Serbian siege on the city of Bihać. The memoir bravely wrestles with the rawness of human emotion in times of unembellished agony, exposing the ways war tests humanity. It is a witness of how dangerous visceral ethnic, racial, and religious hatred is. The critically acclaimed book explores ideas of populism, Islamophobia, and discrimination, and it covers themes related to narratives of hatred built around Muslim identities.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amra Sabic-El-Rayess is professor, author and activist who grew up in Bihac, Bosnia and Herzegovina. After surviving ethnic cleansing and 1,150 days under the Serbs’ military siege, she emigrated to the United States in 1996. By December 1999, she earned a BA in Economics from Brown University. Later, she obtained two Masters degrees and a Doctorate from Columbia University. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education, in the Education Policy and Social Analysis Department. Her scholarship focuses on mechanisms and factors that drive societies towards social disintegration and what role education can play in rebuilding decimated countries.
This is a gripping, intense story of how a man had barely survived the Srebrenica genocide. The book dictates how he did so by drawing the strength to survive not only from his desire to be reunited with his Bosniak family, but also from the inspiration of his religious sensibility and his desire that the genocide be remembered and justice be served one day. Imagine your town instead of my town, Srebrenica; your people instead of my people, and your name instead of my name. Then form your own judgement and try to answer this question loudly and without fear, so that everyone hears: “What did THEY do to the innocent people of Srebrenica?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kadir Habibovic was born on May 25, 1964 in Srebrenica. He worked in the Srebrenica bauxite mine until the aggression on Bosnia and Herzegovina began. He managed to reach the free territory on July 27, 1995, after the fall of Srebrenica. In his book, he describes in detail the killing of his fellow citizens that he survived. Kadir left Bosnia and Herzegovina as a refugee and he now lives in northwestern Europe. His book is a result of his commitment to testify about an evil that the world must know about.
Written by award-winning author, Irfan Mirza, The History of Bosnia & Herzegovina 2nd ed. is a brilliant, enlightening book that traces the origins of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina from the days of the first humans in Europe to the modern era. Thoughtfully written, this eloquent narrative presents a refreshing perspective on history, drawing on academic research from hundreds of sources and modern scientific analysis.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Irfan Mirza is a two-time international award winning writer, college lecturer, and Chair of Education at the Bosnian American Institute. He published his first book on Bosnia-Herzegovina at the start of the war in April 1992. From ’92 to ’94, he served as a humanitarian program director followed by becoming an advisor to the UN in Bosnia-Herzegovina. After nearly three decades of immersion in the Bosnian culture and four years of historical research, Irfan Mirza was able to compound his effort into a publicly-available book.