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Differential Reproductive Success in the Historic Populations of Sandžak

Jelena Čvorović and Kosta Nikolić

Published: 2012/12/01

Abstract

The Balkan region is in a state of instability in the aftermath of Kosovo’s independence, vulnerable to both inter- and intra-ethnic conflicts. Native Muslim populations in the Balkans continue to grow much more rapidly than non- Muslims. This paper attempts to assess maternal descendantleaving success in 120 Muslim and Christian Orthodox women born between 1880 and 1924 in the Serbian multiethnic region of Sandžak. Differential fertility among ethnic groups is linked to the differences in religious affiliation. The paper will try to answer questions about the impacts of particular political and economic conditions on reproductive and lineage success for the two populations.

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