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Present Day Islam Religion in Albania

I believe I speak for many Albanians – Christians and Muslims alike – who are tired of the frightening assertions by some of Albania’s neighbors that “Albania is now the only Muslim country in the Balkans” and should, therefore, be feared as possibly nurturing Muslim extremists.

However, from Scanderbeg’s time in the 15th century up to the current Berisha adminstration in Albania, Albanian Christian Orthodox, Roman Catholics, and Muslims were – and are – invariably included in Albania’s governments. King Zog, Fan Noli, and successive communist administrations always made it a point to include members of the three different religious faiths in Albania in their governments.

I am pleased, then, to post the following article about religion in current-day Albania that may help set the record straight.


A Frosina Infobit

Present Day Islam Religion in Albania

Albania is both a secular state and secular society. Albanian Islam has never been a strict and traditional form. The majority of Albanian Muslims are Sunnis, the branch which, in contrast to the Shi’ites, is most open to western influences such as dress and social habits. The other Muslim tradition in Albania is Bektashim, a form of Shi’ite Islam close to the Sufis (best known for the practice of the ‘whirling dervishes’). The Bektashis are one of the least dogmatic expressions of Islam and open to collaboration with other faiths. In any case, most Muslim Albanians have a long secularist tradition, being very moderate and liberal (in the sense of marrying someone of another religion, drinking alcohol, or eating pork, etc.). The long period of state atheism also had the effect of damping down religious fervour on the part of Muslims.

After the collapse of communism the religious revival has tended to favour conversions to Christianity rather than Islam, reinforced by the wish of Albanians to join the European family, which is viewed as a ‘Christian Club’. In Albania there is little evidence of Islamic fundamentalism, or even Islamization. Most young Albanians today conform to the more hedonistic and secularist life-styles of their young western counterparts.

The situation in Albania is unlike Kosovo or Macedonia where religion has been an important element of their national identity for the ethnic Albanian populations. Another specific feature is that Albania did not have a single national church, powerful and influential, as had its neighbouring countries Greece and Serbia.

Source: Page 34. Albania and the European Union, by Mirela Bogdani and John Loughlin, I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd, 2007, London and New York, www.ibtauris.com

Albanian Religious Institutions in the USA and Canada

Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America
517 East Broadway, So. Boston, MA 02127
— Right Rev. Bishop Nikon
— eMail: BpNikon@aol.com

Saint George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral
523 East Broadway
So. Boston, MA 02127
— V. Rev. Arthur E. Liolin, Dean
Tel: (617) 268-1275
eMail: albboschurc@juno.com

Saint John the Baptist Albanian Orthodox Church
410 West Broadway
Mail: 143  Dorchester St.,  Box 125
So. Boston, MA 02127
— V. Rev. John Scollard,  Tel: (617) 268-3564

Annunciation Albanian Orthodox Church 
37 Washington Street
Natick, MA 017607
— V. Rev. Joseph Gallick,  Tel: (508) 655-7927
— eMail: AOCAnn37@aol.com

Saint Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church
535 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA   01607
— V. Rev. Spero Page   Tel: (508) 756-1690
— Rev. Dn.  Mark Doku
— eMail: HolyDormition@aol.com

Saint Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church
126 Morris Street
Southbridge, MA  01550
— Rev. John Daley, Jr.,  Tel: (508) 764-6226

Saint George Albanian Orthodox Church
5490 Main Street
Trumbull, CT 06611
— V. Rev. Sergei Bouteneff,  Tel: (203) 268-1968
— eMail: StGeorgeTrumbull@aol.com

Saint Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church
181-14 Midland Parkway
Jamaica Estates,  NY 11432
— Rev. David Fox,  Tel: (718) 380-5684
— eMail: snickny@aol.com

Saint Elia Albanian Orthodox Church
101 Palmer Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
— Mrs. Paul (Virginia) Semo,  Tel: (716) 484–9812

Saint John Chrystostom Albanian Orthodox Church
Five Franklin Plaza / 237 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
— V. Rev. Gregory O’Leary,   Tel: (215) 563-0979
— eMail: saintjohns215@gbronline.com

Sts. Peter and Paul Albanian Orthodox Church
9230 Old Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19115
— Rev. Stephen Siniari,  Tel: (215) 676-3311
— eMail: ssiniari@covenanthousepa.org

Saint E Premte Albanian Orthodox Church
10716 Jasper Road
Cleveland, OH 44111
— Rev. John Loejos,
Tel: (216) 941-1508   Fax: (216) 631-2713
— eMail: john5356@aol.com

Saint Thomas Albanian Orthodox Church
29150 Ten Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
— Rev. Dimitri Vincent
Tel: (248) 471-1059  Fax: (248) 471-1057

Albanian-American Muslim Center
38 Raymond St.
Waterbury, CT 06701
— Tel: (203) 879-3680
Albanian-American Cultural and

Islamic Center “Hasan Prishtina”
106 Columbia Blvd.
 Waterbury, CT 06710
— Azmi Isaku,  Tel: (203) 755-0687

Albanian Community Center
21 Long Meadow Drive
Wolcott, CT 06716

Albanian-American Islamic Center 
1325 Albermarle Road
Brooklyn, NY 11226
— Imam Isa Hoxha,   Tel: (718) 282-0358

Albanian Islamic Cultural Center
307 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10301
— Imam Zurkenin Vardari, Tel: (718) 816-9865

Albanian American Islamic Ctr. of Queens
72-24 Myrtle Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385.

United Albanian American Islamic Fdn.
PO Box 4102
Flushing (Ridgewood), NY 11386
Tel: (718) 381-3853 / Tel: (718)  803-2202.

Islamic Unity & Cultural Ctr. of Plav-Gusine
31-33 12th Street
Long Island City, NY   Tel: (718) 274-2016

Albanian Mosque Fund – Paterson
456 River Street
Paterson, NJ 0752
-Imam Arun Polozhani / Imam Muhamet Osmani
– Tel: (973) 523-9203

Albanian-American Islamic Center
43 Monro Street
Garfield, NJ 07026    Tel: (201) 385-1807

Albanian-American Muslim Association
157 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
— Imam Hatip Jemali,  Tel: (215) 639-0217

Albanian Islamic Center
504 Skinnet Avenue
Dunedin, FL 34698 —  Tel: (813) 447-8736

Albanian Islamic Center – Chicago
5825  Saint Charles Road
Berkeley, IL 60163
— Imam Rexhep Morina, Tel: (708) 544-2609

Albanian Islamic Center
19775 Harper Ave.
Harper Woods, MI 48225  Tel: (313) 884-6676

Albanian Muslim Bektashi Teqe
21749 Northline Road
Taylor, MI 48180,
— Baba Flamur,  Tel: (313) 287-3646

Albanian-American Islamic Center
6001 80th Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
— Imam Llaz Fetahu,
– Tel:  (262) 654-0575 /  (414) 654-0575

Holy Trinity Albanian Orthodox Church 
245 “D” Street
So. Boston, MA 02127
— V. Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald,  Tel: (617) 268-7808

Saint Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church
2701 N. Narragansett Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
— Rt. Rev. Philip Koufas,  Tel: (773) 889-4282
— eMail: philpkoufos@aol.com

Our Lady of Wisdom
7260 West Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89112
— Fr.  Archimandrite Frank Vivona

Our Lady of Grace
31 Redgrave Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10306
— V. Rev. Archdeacon John DeMeis,  Tel: (718) 987-8098

Our Lady of Shkoder (Zoja e Shkodres)
3651 W. Hartsdale Ave.
Hartsdale, NY 10530
—  Pastor:  Dom Pjeter Popaj,  Tel: (914) 761-3523
—  WebSite: www.albchurch.com/ny

Our Lady of the Albanians (Zoja e Shqiptareve)
20855 West Thirteen Mile Rd.
Beverly Hills, MI 48025
— Pastor:  Dom Ndue Gjergji,  Tel: (248) 642-0816

Saint Paul (Shen Pali)
4311 Twelve Mile Road
Warren, MI 48092
– Pastor:  Dom Anton Kçira,  Tel: (810) 573-8799
– WebSite: www.albchurch.com/michigan


The Albanian Muslim Society of Toronto
564 Annette
Toronto, ON  M6S 2C2
— Imam Abdulvehap Hoxha, Tel: (416) 763-0602