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Bektášíjský řád a jeho tekke v albánských městech

Title in English Bektashi Order and its Tekke in Albanian Cities


Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Podoby a proměny města ve slovanských a vybraných neslovanských kulturách, literaturách a jazycích
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field History
Keywords Bektashi Order; Islam in Balkans; Tekke; Sufism
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Description In the chapter Bektashi Order and its Tekke in Albanian Cities Milan Strmiska discusses the presence of the Bektashi order in the Albanian-inhabited portions of modern Albania, Macedonia, and Kosovo, and the role of the order and its religious centers in cities. The introduction briefly presents the order’s beliefs and traditions, its history, the transfer of its global headquarters to Tirana, Albania, its survival through the Communist era, and its revival and expansion in the last twenty years. In the next section, the author focuses on the form of the traditional Bektashi tekke (monastery), which he illustrates using the example of one of the oldest and largest Sufi tekkes in the Balkans, the Arabati Baba tekke in Tetovo, Macedonia. He also focuses on traditional religious life in the tekke and its social importance for the city in which it is located, and discusses the new importance of Bektashi tekkes as places of architectural and cultural heritage that have become tourist attractions in recent decades. The end of the chapter covers the situation in the Bektashi order on the territory of modern-day Macedonia, as well as the conflict regarding the ownership and use of the Arabati Baba tekke between the Bektashi order in Tetovo and the Islamic community in Macedonia, which inclines to wahhabism.
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