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Albanian-style laïcité: A Model for a Multi-religious European Home?

Elbasani, Arolda; Puto, Artan

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  "description": "As a Muslim-majority and multi-denominational polity, Albania has historically searched for suitable institutional solutions to reconcile Islam with a pluralist society, a unitary nation and often fragile European statehood. The post-Communist solutions for the management of this frail plurality are commonly framed within a local tradition of la\u00efcit\u00e9 (Alb. shtet laik), which adapts the French model of separation between state and religion to particular Albanian goals and compromises. Our analysis explores the continuities and changes that mark the Albanian brand of la\u00efcit\u00e9, with a focus on specific solutions for managing the Islamic majority. The analysis suggests that home-grown interpretations of la\u00efcit\u00e9 capitalize on historical precedents \u2013 or traditional solutions \u2013 that proved successful in accommodating Islam, religious plurality and European statehood during the founding of the independent Albanian state. Similarly to the past, post-Communist choices insist in safeguarding a local traditional version of Islam, which provides backing for the country's consensual political goals \u2013 national unity and European anchorage.", 
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      "name": "Elbasani, Arolda"
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      "name": "Puto, Artan"
  "headline": "Albanian-style la\u00efcit\u00e9: A Model for a Multi-religious European Home?", 
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  "datePublished": "2017-01-02", 
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  "@type": "ScholarlyArticle", 
  "name": "Albanian-style la\u00efcit\u00e9: A Model for a Multi-religious European Home?"
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