Originally one of many Sufi orders within Sunni Islam, the Bektashi Order emerged in the 16th-century and quickly spread to the Ottoman Balkans, particularly to what is now Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia. Like many Sufis, the Bektashis were quite lax in observing daily Muslim laws, and women as well as men took part in ritual wine drinking and dancing during devotional ceremonies. Espoused by the Janissaries, the elite soldiers of the Ottoman Empire, the Bektashi’s long mystic tradition in...


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