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Reviewing Saranda

The port city of Saranda is located in the south-eastern Albania. In front of the northern part of the island of Corfu (Greece) and 26 km near to the Greek border. In ancient times, the name of this city was Onchesmus. According to the famous Albanian historic writer Mr.  Neritan Ceka , the city took its…


The Islamisation of the Albanians

Important factors facilitating the dissemination and adaptation of Islam among the Albanians were the local religious specifics and the peculiarities in the religious identity of the native inhabitants. Prior to the Ottoman conquest, the southern Albanians (Tosks) were Orthodox Christians under the authority of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The northern Albanians – Gegs, were Catholics…


Ottoman colonisation of Albania

Nearly a century – from the first clashes with Avlona in 1383 up to Skanderbeg’s death in January 1468, and even as late as 1478, when his rebels submitted the stronghold of Kruja, the Ottoman conquerors were forced to overcome the resistance of the Albanian squads. The slow and difficult establishment of their power over…

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