The Nation and the Nun: Mother Teresa, Albania's Muslim Majority and the Secular State

  title={The Nation and the Nun: Mother Teresa, Albania's Muslim Majority and the Secular State},
  author={C. Endresen},
  journal={Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations},
  pages={53 - 74}
  • C. Endresen
  • Published 2015
  • Sociology
  • Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations
In Albania, a religiously pluralist country with a secular constitution, an atheist past and a Muslim majority, the authorities have since the end of Communism promoted Mother Teresa as the “Mother of Albanians” and an emblem of the state. The name, statues and portraits of this ethnic Albanian Catholic nun have become a prominent feature in the public sphere. Based on fieldwork material, Albanian texts and unique statistical data, this article discusses the “motherteresification” of Albania in… Expand
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