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Albanians Rediscover God

Today's Washington Post has an article on the revival of religious communities in Shkoder.


Anonymous said…
I have to say I meself made my humble contribution to this Albanian godfest when I was 16. Of course it was all for naught as I was accompanying Bible-belt Yanks.;)
Anonymous said…
Total BS. most people in Albania are Athesists.
Anonymous said…
i think the article has a point. Myself i've noticed that unfortunately Islamic influence in Albania has been growing. It's sad that foreigners always ha ve a better understanding of the situation in Albania than Albanians themselves!
Our number one radical islamist is Berisha and then comes Nano who was sort of the best man in Turkey's priminister/or prestident's son wedding. Nothing wrong with that, except that the bride was 19 and her veil tight around her face. Disgusting!
nick said…
As much as i hate to admit it, I have to agree with the last comment made by anonymous. It used to be that religion did not matter much in the country but with Albania's inclusion in the OIC (Organization of Islamic Countries) in 1991-92, all of that changed. Mosques spread out everywhere and an Islamization of the cities and the country side with high minarets took place. It's kinda sad because especially after 9/11 that's what foreigners notice most about the country given that the mosques are in such a central position in each city and they have the prayers played outloud 5 times a day. To a foreigner surely this must look like a muslim country. But in truth very few people attend mosque service on fridays or church on sundays, for that matter.

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