Albania’s Forcibly Secularized Bektashis

The fate of Albania’s Bektashis resembles that of the once traditionally religious Soviet Jewry, forcibly secularized under Communism. Three decades after the end of Communism are Bektashi religious leaders in Albania still trying to revive traditional Bektashi religious life in Albania. 

The Bektashis are a large minority in Albania numbering in the double digits percentage of Albania’s small population of less than 3 million inhabitants. It should be an urgent priority for Israel to bring the Albanian Bektashi community on Aliyah once Median Judaism is officially recognized in Israel in consideration of the advanced state of assimilation, secularization and likely also intermarriage. The community should be brought to Israel before it ceases to exist and effectively assimilates into the Albanian Muslim population, a fate that may befall urban Bektashis and and urban Alevis in Turkey as well as unless they are brought on Aliyah to Israel.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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