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Radicalization in Bosnia

Religious extremists are gaining influence in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Social workers are trying to keep young people away from radical preachers. The film traces growing Islamism in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Bosnian social worker Vahidin Omanovic warns young people about the dangers of religious extremism, and offers them the vision of a peaceful future. He’s worried by Islamist preacher Elvedin Pezić, who's now popular with many young Bosnian Muslims. Pezić rejects violence, but advocates Sharia law and an ultra-conservative interpretation of Islam that has its origins in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis have promoted the spread of this variety of the faith in Bosnia and many other countries by financing the construction of mosques and supporting conservative imams. This report looks at the increase in radicalization and the rise of Saudi influence both in Sarajevo and in rural areas.