Albanian Muslims

Center for Islamic Pluralism Greetings on Sulltan Nevruz by Stephen Sylejman Schwartz

CIP March 21, 2016 In a broad area from the Balkans to Central Asia, Muslims observed the holiday of Sulltan Nevruz on March 20-21. The dates correspond to 11-12 Jumada-al-Thaani of the hijri year 1437 and to 1-2 Farvardin, beginning…
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Brussels Sparks Political Showdown in Kosova by Stephen Schwartz

The Weekly Standard Blog March 7, 2016 Notwithstanding its 80 percent Albanian Muslim population, Kosova has mostly kept infiltration by ISIS or other Islamist radicals at bay. Hashim Thaçi, the former head of the Kosova Liberation Army (KLA), elected president…
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Agents of Empire Knights, Corsairs, Jesuits and Spies in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean World by Noel Malcolm Oxford University Press, 640 pp., $34.95 Reviewed by Stephen Schwartz

The Weekly Standard February 8, 2016 Noel Malcolm, senior research fellow at All Souls College Oxford, is a polyglot and polymath. Skillful with sources in Albanian, Romanian, Serbian, modern Turkish, Italian, and other languages, he is probably best known for…
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The Lesson of the Albanians On the 103rd Anniversary of Their Independence by Stephen Sylejman Schwartz

Illyria [New York] November 28, 2015 The world continues to suffer the aggression of radical Islam. The bloodshed seen in Paris on November 13 was merely the latest in a series of horrific terrorist acts beginning in 2001. In the…
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The Life and Work of Sheh Tahir Kanaqi Jeta dhe Veprimtaria e Sheh Tahir Kanaqit (In Albanian) by Behlul Kanaqi and M.A. Ulqin, Mal i Zi, Harmonia, 289 pp., price not shown. Reviewed by Stephen Sylejman Schwartz. (Chief Editor)

Illyria [New York] August 27, 2015 Sheh Tahir Kanaqi, a representative of the Rufai [Sunni] Sufi order (tariqat), lived from 1908 to 1985. He is one of the most important representatives of the Islamic meditative tradition in the Albanian lands…
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My Second Father – 20 Years Since the Death of Gjon Sinishta by Stephen Schwartz

On Friday, May 8, 2015, a mass was announced at the grand and beautiful St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Gjon Sinishta, the indispensable intellectual guardian of the Albanian Catholic heritage…
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Malice in Dallas by Stephen Schwartz

As predicted by many, a horrifying new outrage has been added to the annals of radical Islam. In Garland, Texas, a Dallas suburb, on Sunday, May 3, two men were killed by police after the pair fired at an event…
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