Radicalization in Albania: Searching for Ideological and Structural Roots

The project "Radicalization in Albania: Searching for Ideological and Structural Roots" consists of a phenomenological study that seeks to analyse the ideological and structural roots of religious radicalization in post-Communist Albania to determine the changes from the traditional tolerant Islam practiced by Albanian Muslims. The methodology chosen for the research paper serves to understand the complexity of the issues concerning the roots of radicalization in Albania, through in-depth interviews with stakeholders, focus groups with members of the Muslim Community in targeted areas and desk research.    

This methodological qualitative study determines the educational and doctrinal influences as potential radicalizing factors on Albanian Sunni imams and institutions, while providing recommendations to improve state policies to counter the ideological drivers of radicalization and violent extremism. 

This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hedayah or the European Union.