History and Culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina

IRCICA was one of the first international institutions to undertake an activity program for research on the history and culture of Bosnia and Herzegovina and for the preservation and restoration of its heritage. This activity program was initiated before the outbreak of the Bosnian war.

Cooperation which was established between the institutions of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and IRCICA was fostered by the visit of H.E. President Alija Izetbegovic to the Centre in 1991. It was accelerated and expanded as soon as the war started, with the aim of creating an awareness in the world on the genocide and destruction perpetrated against this country and for mobilising international assistance to protect and preserve the Bosnian cultural heritage.

The activity program was implemented under the direction of Prof. Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, by Arch. Dr. Amir Pasic and historian Dr. Adem Handzic, two Bosnian colleagues who joined the Centre during the war period, with the participation of other staff members of IRCICA. Dr. Adem Handzic left the Centre years later, in 1997, to return to his home country, where he passed away in 1998. His outstanding work and cherished friendship will always be remembered by his colleagues at IRCICA.