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Albania: A Denial of the Ottoman past (School textbooks and politics of memory)
Albania: A Denial of the Ottoman past (School textbooks and politics of memory)

Author(s): Tomasz Kamusella
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, History, Essay|Book Review |Scientific Life
Published by: Institutul Patrimoniului Cultural al Academiei de Științe a Moldovei
Keywords: Albania; anti-Ottomanism; dhimmi; politics of memory; school atlases of history; school history education; school history textbooks

Summary/Abstract: In post-communist Albania’s schools, alongside regular textbooks of history for teaching the subject, school atlases of history are also employed as a prescribed or adjunct textbook. In the stories and facts related through texts and maps, the Ottoman past is curiously warped and marginalized. As a result, the average Albanian is left incapable of explaining why Albania is a predominantly Muslim polity, but with a considerable degree of tolerant poly-confessionalism. Furthermore, school history education in Albania propagates the unreflective anti-Ottoman feeling encapsulated by the stereotypes of ‘Turkish yoke’ or ‘the five centuries of Turkish occupation.’ This simplistic anti-Ottomanism of Albanian culture and public discourseis strangely at variance with the Muslim and polyconfessional character of Albania.

  • Issue Year: XX/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 96-105
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English