A Contribution to The History of The District of Piva Cover Image

Прилог Настанку Нахије Пива
A Contribution to The History of The District of Piva

Author(s): Marica Malović-Đukić
Subject(s): Social history, Islam studies, 15th Century
Published by: Istorijski institut, Beograd

Summary/Abstract: The early history of the district (nahija) of Piva is specific in many respects. It is listed together with another district (the nahija of Banjani) in the Herzegovina cadastral land census (defter) for 1475/1477, and in this respect it is unique in the Herzegovina sanjak These two districts were linked by common winter and summer abodes. The Vlakhs (Mavrovlakians) from Banjani had their summer abodes in the district of Piva. This is indicated by the present toponym Banjski Katun (katun - highland pasture with stone cottages) in the district of Piva. The district of Piva, unlike the other Vlakh districts (the nahija of Komarice), was caught up in the process of Islamization at a later date, for no Islamized names appear in the 1475/1477 census of its inhabitants. Besides, no clergyman appears in this census, whereas a priest and his son are listed among the inhabitants of the adjacent district of Komarice. All this seems to indicate that at that time the Vlachs of the district of Piva had not yet adopted settled life in villages, and that therefore they were not involved in the process of Islamization.

  • Issue Year: 2006
  • Issue No: 53
  • Page Range: 166-172
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Serbian