“The words ‘Pops pops popcorn’ were most memorable from the lyrics. The one thing you can’t forget when you go to the movie theater is popcorn. We would like "Popcorn” to play as the advertisement song [at movies]. There is a mobile game called 'Friends Popcorn’ and we would like our song to be used as the background music. We will make junior high school students to elderly people fall in love with our music. Our goal is to present a dynamic concept like Girl’s Generation and mature as a charming group and individuals.” - LipBubble
Don’t forget me. Perhaps I was not anything special to you. The kind of an unimportant comedy love, a book that just ends immediately easy to forget, a day on the middle of holidays, a gift you liked but not the kind "oh God, it was exactly what I wanted.“ I believe I was one of those you don’t tell your friends about because you don’t know "how it goes”. When I was calling, you never did the impossible to stay free and talk with me. We made love, you embraced me but even these you seemed to do with annoyance not with pleasure and love. But please don’t forget me. For me it has been like one of those unknown films found unintentionally on a night and you fall in love with them. It was like one of those books in which you underline every expressions, keep every note, one of those books who make you tell everyone the story they’re about. You have been like the first day of vacation after many months of work. The gift I always wanted, the kind of gift than makes every other one pointless. Everyone knows about you, even my 80 years old neighbor, my cat, the birds. I had to tell everyone. My hands always shaked everytime you would write me. I made love with you because without it I would die… you understand the difference?! Now I’m writing my last letter because I don’t want you to fall asleep under the blanket of my love. It might seems enough but it isn’t. It’s not enough. And I want you to fall in love. But please don’t forget about me. And wish me on my next birthday, ask me how I am, occasionally. Don’t forget me.
It appears that Islam in the Balkans does not offer readily exportable solutions for Western European Muslims but rather a rich experience to learn from. In words of Bougarel, studying the experience of Balkan Muslims “as non-sovereign Muslim minorities in Europe - and the way their politcal, religious and intellectual elites responded to this challenge enables a better understanding of the specific features of Balkan Islam and its potential contribution to the emergence of a European Islam”.
Undoubtedly, Muslim scholars from the region have made important contributions to debates on how to reconcile Islam and European modernity, by engaging issues such as secularism, science, the status of women, the modernization of education and religious institutions, and the reform of Shari’a. It seems that those theoretical and practical contributions can offer a major input to the discourse on a “European Islam.” Yet, until now, the flow of intellectual exchange has been mainly from Western Europe to the Balkans, rather than the other way around. While authors such as Tariq Ramadan and Yusuf al-Qaradawi are translated to local languages and referred to in academic writings and public debates in the Balkans, most of the writings of significant Balkan authors remain largely unknown to the Muslim publics in the West; this is despite the fact that some of their works have been published in English, German and French. After a public lecture by Tariq Ramadan in Sarajevo in 2009, I was told by local scholars that “Ramadan did not know about Bosnian Islam, did not refer to Bosnian Muslims, whereas most of the topics he discusses in his books were subject of debate here one hundred years ago.” There is an overwhelming feeling that the intellectual legacy of Muslim response in the region to challenges of European modernity “has still to be systematized, studied and presented in major European languages”.
Rediscovering the Umma: Muslims in the Balkans between Nationalism and Transnationalism, Ina Merdjanova