Buljina, Harun

Field: Modern Europe; Advisor: Mazower; Year: 2011

Harun Buljina is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at Columbia University. A cultural and intellectual historian of Southeastern Europe, his work broadly examines the region’s legacies of imperial rule and migration, experience with nation building and state formation, and enduring links with the wider Muslim world. Harun is currently completing the writing of his dissertation, which traces the development of the Pan-Islamist movement in Bosnia-Herzegovina in the late nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century. Drawing on a multilingual source base from both Europe and the Middle East, it uncovers the active role of Balkan Muslim scholars in a global intellectual movement, as well as how this experience shaped their subsequent engagement with the region’s tumultuous interwar history. Harun’s work has received the support of the Department of State’s Fulbright-Hays Program, the Council for European Studies, and the Institute of Turkish Studies, among others.


  • Co-Author with Jasminko Halilović, “From Bosnia to Europe and the World Beyond: the Refugee Experience at Sarajevo’s War Childhood Museum,” in Flucht europäisch erzählen! Being a refugee: a European narrative (Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences, Forthcoming).
  • Review of Ayşe Zişan Furat. Gayr-i Müslim İdare Altında Müslümanların Din Eğitimi: Avusturya-Macaristan Dönemi Bosna 1878-1918 [Muslim Religious Education under Non-Muslim Administration: Bosnia in the Austro-Hungarian Period, 1878-1918]. Istanbul: İDİL Yayıncılık. 2013. 207 pp. Prilozi za orijentalnu filologiju [Contributions to Oriental Philology], Vol. 66 (2017), pp. 317-320.
  • Review of Kenneth Morrison and Elizabeth Roberts. The Sandžak: A History. London: Hurst. 2013. xix + 285 pp. Slavonic & East European Review, Vol. 93 No. 2 (April 2015), pp. 365-367.


In addition to his dissertation research and writing, Harun has taught several courses in European history at Columbia, having previously also taught English at Yalova University in Turkey as part of a Fulbright ETA Award. Outside of his academic work, he is part of the team behind the War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, for which he received a History in Action Project Award in 2017. Alongside other responsibilities, Harun authored the museum’s successful application for the Council of Europe’s 2018 Museum Prize, part of the European Museum of the Year Awards.