Proselytization in Albania by Middle Eastern Islamic Organizations
Contributor(s)NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
KeywordsGovernment and Political Science
Humanities and History
REVIVAL OF ISLAM IN ALBANIA
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AbstractSince the fall of communism in 1992, Albania has undergone fundamental reform and change. Some of the more profound changes have included massive migration, open elections, 1997's governmental meltdown, and religious revival. Although most of the changes have been quite welcomed and positive, some have created problematic situations. Although, the revival of Islam was seen as a sign of freedom, it soon became an unexpected problem for the government and the population. Through non-profit organizations, schools, aid, and porous borders, Islamic extremists were able to access a small part of the population. However, Albania's long history of religious tolerance, shallow roots in formal religion, and Western cultural orientation has created a hostile environment for radical Islam.