chapter  8
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The Bektashiyya brotherhood, its village communities, and inter-religious tensions along the border between Albania and Greek Epirus, at the beginning of the twentieth century Turk, Greek and Bektashi Albanian and the crisis of national

Balkan border regions are frequently known for their havens of small dervish communities and villagers whose way of life is centred upon these communities. The frontier region between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia is one such region. It is here that tiny tekkes, barely distinguishable from Orthodox chapels and remote cemeteries are to be found. A prevailing non-orthodoxy, in faith, in art and architecture and in worship is characteristic of these tekkes and they are frequented by followers of both faiths and by believers in neither.