Explaining Muslims’ Support for Democracy in Post-communist Albania
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012, 4pm to 6pm
International Affairs Building, Room 801
420 West 118th Street
A talk by Arolda Elbassani, CDTR Visiting Researcher, PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute, Florence. Moderated by Karen Barkey, Professor of Sociology, Columbia University.
Since the fall of communism, Muslim organizations have boomed in number and strength in Albania. Yet, they represent an exceptional case of Islam which is both liberal, tolerant, pro-democratic and pro-European. The Albanian brand of moderate Islam has persisted over radical influences which have penetrated the porous post-communist terrain characterized by open competition for sources and ideas.
Co-sponsored with Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion (CDTR).