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Keeping an Eye on the Albanians
Selected Writings in Albanian Studies

Albanian Studies, Vol. 16

ISBN 978-1514157268
Centre for Albanian Studies, London 2015
556 pp.

The Canadian scholar and writer Robert Elsie, who was born in Vancouver in 1950, has been working and publishing in the field of Albanian Studies for about thirty-five years. The present book is a compilation of his major articles and essays on Albanian culture (history, literature, philology, religion, etc.), a reflection of his constant endeavour to make the tiny Albanian nation better known in the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Early History of Albania
The Earliest References to the Existence of the Albanian Language
Albania in the Anonymi Descriptio Europae Orientalis, 1308
Two Irish Travellers in Albania in 1322
The Albanian Lexicon of Arnold von Harff, 1497
The Albanian Lexicon of Evliya Çelebi (1662), and What a Travelling Dervish Should Know
The Viennese scholar Who Almost Became King of Albania: Baron Franz Nopcsa and his Contribution to Albanian Studies
History of the Dutch Military Mission to Albania, 1913-1914
The Cham Albanians of Greece
Kosovo and the Bar Tragedy of March 1945
A Brief History of Kosovo
The Hybrid Soil of the Balkans: A Topography of Albanian Literature
Albanian Literature in the English-Speaking World
Thoughts on Kosovo Albanian Literature, Culture and Identity
Albanian Literary History and Albanian Literary Culture: Observations on Recent Developments
Albanian Literature in the Muslim Tradition: Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Albanian Writing in Arabic Script
The Currents of Muslim and Bektashi Writing in Albania, 1850-1950
The Bellifortis Text and Early Albanian
Three Poets of the Golden Age of Scutarine Catholic Literature in Albania
Gjergj Fishta: The Voice of the Albanian Nation
The Albanian Writer Visar Zhiti: A Victim of the Surreal
Benjamin Disraeli and Scanderbeg. The Novel The Rise of Iskander (1833) as a Contribution to Britain’s Literary Discovery of Albania
Islam and the Dervish Sects of Albania: An Introduction to their History, Development and Current Situation
The Christian Saints of Albania
The Rediscovery of Folk Literature in Albania
The Songs of the Frontier Warriors: Albanian Oral Epic Verse
Some Observations on Albanian and Bosnian Epic Traditions
Why is the Albanian Epic So Neglected?
Northern Albanian Culture and the Kanun
The Albanian Media in Kosovo and the Spectre of Ethnic Cleansing
The Last Albanian Waiter
Freedom and Chaos: Contemporary Albanian Literature

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