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The People of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Way of Life

Croats, Muslim women, working women, wars, Muslims

Until 1991 Bosnia had an urban population that aspired to the standard of living of western Europe and was increasingly intermingled ethnically by residence, occupation, friendship, and marriage. The rural population remained more divided ethnically and less well-off. As a result of the wars, religious identification and adherence to religious rules has risen among Muslims, Croats, and Serbs. Many Muslim women have adopted Islamic dress styles that had not been common, at least in cities, before the war. The destruction of the economy has thrust many previously working women into traditional female roles as housewives and mothers. Members of all groups favor a diet that is heavy on roast meats and bread. However, consumption of alcohol, once common to all, is now discouraged among Muslims and even prohibited in some Muslim-controlled areas.

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Croats, Muslim women, working women, wars, Muslims, standard of living, housewives, bread, western Europe, urban population, friendship, mothers, rural population, diet, occupation, adherence, marriage, residence, result, cities, economy, consumption of alcohol, groups, Members


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