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In the 1990s, Bosniaks transformed the run-down neighborhood of Bevo Mill into the largest concentration of Bosniaks outside of Bosnia. At its height, 70,000 Bosniaks lived in Greater St. Louis, almost completely concentrated in the southwest section of the city. Previously abondoned and crime-ridden streets sprang to life with restaurants serving burek (savory stuffed phyllo dough pies), mosques that doubled as community centers, and thriving businesses. Over the last few decades, Bosniaks have been integrated into, and influenced, the culture of St. Louis.

 

The Disintegration of the Ethnic Enclave

The first arrivals of war-weary Bosniaks thrived as a community because of their cohesiveness. Their common plight and dependence on each other to survive and build new lives created one of the most dynamic ethnic enclaves in America. The enclave helped Bosniak refugees integrate into American life while also revitalizing a dilapidated St. Louis neighborhood. As the sons and daughters of Bosniak immigrants have entered adulthood, however, they are beginning to move to the suburbs for better schools and housing. While a new concentration of Bosniaks has developed southwest of the city in Lemay and Mehlville, the overall population of Bosniaks in Greater St. Louis has dwindled to an estimated population of 50,000. Even though their population is in decline, the St. Louis Bosniak population is still considered the heart of the Bosniak population in North America.

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Fun Facts

  • Bosniaks have been a boon for soccer in St. Louis, and several St. Louis Bosniaks have moved on to professional careers in Europe and the United States.
  • A replica of a famous Sarajevo sebilj, a public fountain made of wood and stone, was dedicated to the city by Bosniaks in 2013.
  • A multi-million dollar Bosnian Cultural Center is planned to be built adjacent to the Bosnian Islamic Center of St. Louis. The Cultural Center will include a gym, a museum depicting the Bosnian genocide, and classrooms to teach the Bosnian language and Islam.
  • Up to one-half of Greater St. Louis’s Muslim population are Bosniak.

Religious Life

Even though many Bosniaks drink alcohol and ignore some pillars of Islam, St. Louis mosques play a prominent role in the Bosniak community. There are several Bosniak mosques in Greater St. Louis, and up to half of the Greater St. Louis Muslim population is Bosniak. Some of the more prominent mosques include the Bosnian Islamic Center of St. Louis, the St. Louis Islamic Center, and the Islamic Community Center (Madina Masjid). There is more ministry activity among Bosniaks in Greater St. Louis than any other Bosniak population in North America, but there are still no Bosniak churches and little to no followers of Christ.


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