Fikret Karčić was Professor of Comparative Legal History at the Faculty of Law, University of Sarajevo. He lectured at the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Sarajevo, Marmara University in Istanbul, International Islamic University in Malaysia, Oslo University and Boise State University (USA).
Born in Visegrad in 1955, Fikret Karcic received his high school education at Gazi Husrev-beg Madrasa in Sarajevo. In 1978 he graduated from the Faculty of Law in Sarajevo. He obtained his master’s and doctoral degrees at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, in 1985 and 1989, respectively.
His main academic interests were the history of Islamic law and institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the post-Ottoman period, the reformist movements in Islam, the Balkan Muslims, and comparative legal cultures.
Among the published works of Fikret Karčić are: the Sharia Courts in Yugoslavia 1918-1941 (Sarajevo: Islamic Faculty of Theology, 1985), Socio-legal Aspect of Islamic Reformism (Sarajevo: Islamic Faculty of Theology, 1990), The Bosniaks and the Challenges of Modernity: Late Ottoman and Hapsbury Times (Sarajevo: El-Kalem, 1999), Studies in Sharia Law and Institutions (Sarajevo: Center for Advanced Studies and El-Kalem, 2011), Research Methods in Islamic Sciences (Sarajevo: El-Kalem and Center for Advanced Studies, 2013), Balkan Muslims: The “Eastern Question” in the 20th Century (Sarajevo: Center for Advanced Studies, 2014) and The Other European Muslims: A Bosnian Experience (Sarajevo: Center for Advanced Studies, 2015).