It is with the deepest regret that we record the demise of Dr Fikret Karčić, professor of Comparative Legal History at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina.
This occurred at his residence in Sarajevo, on 16 March 2022. After having successfully recovered from non-Hodgkin’s cancer a few years ago, his immune system was significantly compromised. He passed away from COVID-19 complications a few weeks after contracting the virus.
Dr Fikret Karčić (1955-2022) was a man of stalwart physique, and, though he had reached the age of 67 years, one would expect from his appearance that he had yet many years to live.
Not only was he well known and esteemed in his native land of Bosnia, but also throughout the world, and his genial, straightforward, and kindly disposition made him a universal favourite.
A devout Muslim, he always took care to attend regularly to his religious duties.
After more than four decades of beneficent teaching and intellectual output, it has pleased the Almighty to call our exalted effendi, Professor Fikret Karčić, to a higher station.
Rent with anguish and pain, the hearts of many folk – both Muslim and non-Muslim alike – stand united in grief, ever grateful for his paternal goodwill and love, his sublime erudition and spiritual values, his pervasive sense of duty, his grace, and passion for peace.
It will be our task to pursue the aims of this learned scholar and gentleman, and to continue his noble life’s work to maintain peace and show the same love to all individuals and folk groups regardless of their social class, political orientation, faith and legally recognised religion.
He was fully resigned to the Divine Will and passed away peacefully surrounded by his sorrowing family.
He was a sterling intellectual of the most advanced type, who never wavered, and in every academic institution was an earnest and active friend of democracy and civil rights.
A trusted member of the post-war generation of Bosniak Muslim community activists and intellectuals, he subsequently participated in the process of Islamic revival in the Balkans in the late 1970s and 1980s.
He has lectured at the Faculty of Islamic Sciences in Sarajevo, Marmara University in Istanbul, the International Islamic University of Malaysia, the University of Oslo and Boise State University (USA).
On 17 March 2022 his Janazah was conducted at the Gazi Husrev-bey mosque in the Sarajevo Old Town by Dr Husein Kavazovic, the Grand Mufti of the Islamic Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina.