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Olsi Jazexhiu

Academic Qualification

  • Doctor of History and Civilization of the European University Institute - Doctor of Philosophy, European University Institute
  • Master of Human Sciences - Masters Degree, International Islamic University Malaysia
  • Master of Research - Masters Degree, European University Institute
  • Bachelor of Human Sciences Communication - Bachelor Degree, International Islamic University Malaysia

Olsi Jazexhiu (Dr.)

Assistant Professor
IIUM Gombak Campus

KULLIYYAH OF ISLAMIC REVEALED KNOWLEDGE AND HUMAN SCIENCES


olsijazexhi@iium.edu.my
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Expert Profile


OLSI
JAZEXHIU

Bulevardi Zogu I, P. 62/2, Ap. 21,

Tirana, Albania

Tel: +355 673648668

E-mail: olsi@rocketmail.com 

 

                                                      

EDUCATION

 

2014 - 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow

York University, Toronto, Canada

 

2006 – 2011 Doctor of History and
Civilization,
History

European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Dissertation: “Ottomans into Illyrians,
passages to nationhood in 20th century Albania

Doctoral supervisor: Anthony Molho

 

2011
-2012 Visiting Student

University of York,
Toronto, Canada

 

2006-2007
Master of Research

European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Dissertation: “Albania and the Albanian in the
imagination of a Christian and a Bektashi Rilindas

 

2000 –
2003 Master of Human Sciences, History and Civilization

IIU Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor,
Malaysia

Dissertation: “The Albanian Pashalik of
Shkodra under Bushatlis 1757 – 1831 CE”

 

2000 –
2001 Master of Mass Communication (recognized by Ministry of Education
of Albania)

IIU Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor,
Malaysia

 

1996 –
2001 Graduate of Human Sciences, Mass Communication

IIU Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor,
Malaysia





EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

2021 – present Assistant Professor, International Islamic University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Teaching: Ottoman, Russian, Muslim World history
 

2017 – 2021 History Lecturer, Aleksander Moisiu University, Durres, Albania

 

2015 - 2017 History Lecturer, University of Elbasan Aleksander Xhuvani, Elbasan,
Albania

 

2015 – present Director, Free Media Institute, Tirana, Albania

 

2015 - present Op-ed columnist, Daily Sabah, Istanbul, Turkey

 

2014 - 2015     Postdoctoral Fellow,
Department of History, York University
, Toronto,
Canada

 

2012 – 2014    Department of Historical
Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga
, Research Assistant, Toronto,
Canada

 

2004 –2006     Kajtazi College, Lecturer of History and Communication, Tirana, Albania

 

 

 

 

COURSES TAUGHT

 

2019 – 2020    ONLINE teaching because Covid 19 Economic History of Albania, Aleksander Moisiu University, Durres,
Albania

 

2018 – 2019    Economic History of Albania,
Aleksander Moisiu University, Durres, Albania

 

2017 – 2018    History of Civilization,
Aleksander Moisiu University, Durres, Albania

 

2016 – 2017    Ancient History, Aleksander Moisiu University,
Durres, Albania

 

2016 – 2017    History of the Ottoman
Empire
, University of Elbasan Aleksander Xhuvani, Elbasan, Albania

 

2015 – 2016    History of the Ottoman
Empire
, University of Elbasan Aleksander Xhuvani, Elbasan, Albania

 

 

 

SELECTED ACADEMIC ARTICLES / CONFERENCE PAPERS / BOOK CHAPTERS

 

Books

 

·  
Izraeli dhe Palestina: apo perralla e dy vendeve (Israel and Palestine:
the tale of two countries)
Print-AL, Tirana, 2019.



·  
Rrëfimet e një kombi: Shqiptarët, turqit, muslimanët dhe të
krishterët në tekstlibrat shkollorë të historisë dhe letërsisë në Kosovë
, (The narratives of a nation:
Albanians, Turks, Muslims and Christians in the school textbooks of Kosovo),
Free
Media Institute, Skopje, Macedonia,
2013.

 

 

Books / Research work in progress

 

·  
The Uyghur Muslims of China:
What did we see in Xinjiang’s ‘Vocational Skills Training Centers’ or inside
China’s Uighur Mass Detention Centers?
(forthcoming in 2021).

·  
Nation, Religion and
Identity in the Schoolbooks of Albania
(forthcoming
in 2021).

 

·  
Ottomanism, Modernity and Nationalism in 20th century Balkans (forthcoming in 2021).







Book chapters

 

·     
“The Muslim Community of Albania;
from the Turkish Caliphate to the Turkish Djemat,” in Islamic Leadership in the European Lands of the former Ottoman and
Russian Empires (Legacy, Challenges and Change),
ed. by Antonina
Zhelyazkova and Egdūnas Račius, BRILL, Leiden, the Netherlands, 2018.



·     
 “From Ottoman millets to Europe’s oldest nation; The Struggle for identity
in the eve of First World War Albania”
in Feroz Ahmad and M.
Hakan Yavuz (Ed.), War and Collapse. World War I and the Ottoman State,
the University of Utah
Press 2016.



·     
“Albania” in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Vol 10,
eds. Jørgen S. Nielsen, etc. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill,
2018.



·     
“Albania” in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Vol 9, eds.
Jørgen S. Nielsen, etc. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 2017.



·     
“Albania” in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Vol 8,
eds. Jørgen S. Nielsen, etc. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 2016, 19 –
33.



·     
“Albania” in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Vol 7,
eds. Jørgen S. Nielsen, etc. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 2015.



·     
Albania
in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Vol 6, eds. Jørgen S. Nielsen, etc. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 2014,
19-34.

 

·     
Albania
in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Vol 5, eds. Jørgen S. Nielsen, etc. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 2013,
21-36.

 

·     
“Albania” in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Volume 4,
eds. Jørgen S. Nielsen, Samim Akgönül, Ahmet Alibasic and Egdunas Racius. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 2012,
1-17.

 

·     
“Albania” in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Volume 3,
eds. Jørgen S. Nielsen, Samim Akgönül, Ahmet Alibasic, Hugh Goddard and Brigitte
Maréchal. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 2011,
7-21.

 

·     
“Albania” in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Volume 2,
eds. Jørgen S. Nielsen, Samim Akgönül, Ahmet Alibasic, Brigitte Maréchal and
Christian Moe. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 2010,
7-19.

 

·     
“Albania” in the Yearbook of Muslims in Europe, Volume 1,
eds. Jørgen S. Nielsen, Samim Akgönül, Ahmet Alibasic, Brigitte Maréchal and
Christian Moe. Leiden, The Netherlands: E. J. Brill, 2009,
15-25.



 

Academic articles

 

·     
“Islamophobia in Albania. National report 2018”, In: European Islamophobia Report - 2018.
Seta. Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research, Istanbul, Turkey (2019).



·     
“Edukimi me Skënderbeun” (Educating
with Scanderbeg), in Hikmet, nr. 1
(2013), Prishtina, Kosovo, 83-109.

 

·     
“Düşmanı Tasvir: Arnavutluk
Lise Ders Kitaplarındaki Türk Ve Müslüman İmajı” (Depicting the Enemy: The
image of the Turk and the Muslim in Albania’s
High School Textbooks), in Balkan
Araştırmaları Dergisi
(The Journal of Balkan Studies), Vol 2, Nr. 2 (2011),
Bursa, Turkey, 39-70.

 

·     
“Depicting the other: the image
of the Muslim and the Turk in Albania’s
High School Textbooks”, in International
Journal of Turkish Studies
, Volume 15, Nos. 1& 2 (2009), Madison, Wisconsin,
USA
, 1-20.

 

·     
“Turk Elhamdulilah!” (Praise
the Lord, I am a Turk!), in Përpjekja
(Endeavour), nr. 25 (2008), Tirana, Albania,
238-250.

 

·       “The
Bektashi Tarikah of Dervishes”, in Colloque
International « soufisme-culture-musique »
, le Centre National de
Recherches Préhistoriques, Anthropologiques et Historiques. Algiers, September
2007.

 

·      “Zanafilla e komuniteteve muslimane në
Shqipëri” (The origin of the Muslim communities of Albania), in Takvimi,
nr. 7
(2006)
, Prishtina, Kosovo,
149-160.

 

·      “Urdhëri
Bektashian i Dervishëve” (The Bektashi Order of Dervishes),
in Këshilla,
December 2004, Tirana, Albania.

 

·      “Kryengritja
Popullore Shqiptare e 1912 – 1915” (The Albanian Popular Insurrection of
1912-1915),
in Përmbledhje Punimesh, May 2004, Skopje,
Macedonia.

 

·      “Kara Mahmud Pashë Bushati, Bualli i
Shkodrës” (Kara Mahmud Pasha Bushati, the Buffalo of Scutari), in Univers, volume IV (2003), Tirana,
Albania.

 

·     
“Roli i Aleancës Panortodokse Ballkanike në
Copëtimin e Shqipërisë post-Osmane” (The role of the Balkan Pan-Orthodox
Alliance in the division of Albania)
, in Studime Orientale (Oriental
Studies), nr. 2, Prishtina 2002, Kosovo.



·     
“Another
Approach Towards Certain ‘exported’ myths on Albanian historiography between
Occident and Islam”, in Africana, Rivista
di Studi Extraeuropei
(The African, A Journal of Extraeuropean Studies),
vol VIII (2002), Pisa, Italy, 93–101.





Research projects

 

·     
Europeanisation and secularization in educational and state
institutions of Albania
, Free Media Institute and
Center For Advanced Studies, Tirana, Albania and Sarajevo, Bosnia and
Herzegovina, 2018

 

·     
Rrëfimet e një kombi: Shqiptarët, turqit, muslimanët dhe të
krishterët në tekstlibrat shkollorë të historisë dhe letërsisë në Kosovë
, (The narratives of a nation:
Albanians, Turks, Muslims and Christians in the school textbooks of Kosovo),
Prishtina,
Kosova, 2011.

 

·     
Depicting the enemy: the image of the Turk and the Muslim in
Albania’s High School Textbooks
, Islam in South
East Europe Forum, Sarajevo,
June 2008.

 

 

Papers and important lectures presented in international conferences
/ events

 

 

·     
Human Rights Situation of Uyghurs,
presentation for  Subcommittee on
International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and
International Development, House of Commons, Canadian Parliament, July 20, 2020



·      China’s Uighur Mass Detention Centers, China’s
Mass Incarceration of Muslims in Xinjiang (East Turkestan): Vocational Training
Centres or Concentration Camps?, Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian
Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, September 30,
2019



·     
Uyghur Muslims Concentration
Camps in China
, UYGHUR MUSLIMS: AN INSIDER
PERSPECTIVE, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, 27 September 2019.



·      What did I see in Xinjiang’s ‘Vocational Skills Training Centers’ or
inside China’s Uighur Mass Detention Centers,
Canada's Response to China's Uyghur Crisis, The Montreal Institute
for Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada,
September 26, 2019

 

·      Islam in the
Balkans and in the ex-Ottoman space
, Group of
Strategic Vision “Russia – Islamic Word”, Yalta, Crimea, Russian Federation,
23-24 April 2018



·      Extremism in
Europe and the role of Russia,
Group of Strategic
Vision “Russia – Islamic Word”, Moscow, Russian Federation, 27 April 2017

 

·      The Balkan
Wars and the de-Turkifikation of Western Balkans
, The
Nation-Building Process in the Balkans: Ethnic Cleansing and Massacres of the
Ottoman Muslim and Turkish Population (1912-1913), Brussels, Belgium, March
24-25, 2016.



·      The Muslim genocides
that preceded the mass deportation of the Armenians, "
An International Conference on the Armenian Question: Myth and
Realities", Yeni Türkiye Stratejik Araştırma Merkezi, Ankara, Turkey,
22-23 May 2015.



·      Pegida in
the Balkans: How is the media contributing to the radicalisation of religious
and irreligious groups in the Balkans
, “Scientific
Challenges for Sustainable Development”, International University of Struga
(IUS), Struga, Macedonia, April 25, 2015.



·      Secularizing
Islam: The continuous reform of Sunni Islam in nation-state Albania,
“Islam in Europe though the Balkan Prism”, Religio-West project European
University Institute and Faculty of Islamic Studies, at the University of
Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, October 24-26, 2013.

 

·     
Avdiu and Shaqira: The Depiction of the Roma Presence
in the Albanian Media, “
The Roma in Europe: From
Holocaust to the Decade of Roma Inclusion,”
The
Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global
Affairs, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada, March 08,
2013.



·     
From Ottoman millets to Europe’s oldest nation: Identity
transformations in the eve of First World War Albania
, Turkish Studies Project Conference III (University
of Utah), “The Ottoman Empire and
World War I”, May 2012, Sarajevo,
Bosnia-Herzegovina.



·     
The post-communist Muslim Community of Albania: from the Arab dawa
to the Turkish hizmet,
Islam in Europe, Position
and Perspectives, Mešihatu Islamske Zajednice u Hrvatskoj, Zagreb, Croatia, 21
April 2012.



·     
Osmanlis, Epirotes, or Albanians? The Struggle for Identity in Late
Ottoman Albania,
“Seminar in Ottoman and Turkish
Studies”, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of
Toronto, Toronto, Canada, 2 March 2012

 

·     
The Muslim Community of Albania; from the Turkish Caliphate to the
Turkish Djemat
, “Dealing with change: Islamic
leadership in the Balkans and the Baltic between past and future”, (organized
by International Center for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations
(IMIR), Sofia, Bulgaria and Centre for European Islamic Thought, Faculty of
Theology, University of Copenhagen), Sofia, Bulgaria, 16-18 May 2011.

 

·     
Constructing a nation: Albanians, Turks, Serbs, Christians and
Muslims in the school textbooks of Kosovo
, Ottoman
Legacy Conference Series, "Images of the Other in Textbooks and Popular
Culture in the Balkans", Bilecik
University
, Turkey
,
April 2011.



·      Turks
into Albanians
, presented
in Interaction Among the Balkan Nations, International Balkan Congress, Turkish
Asian Center for Strategic Studies (Tasam), Istanbul, Turkey, April 2008.



·     
The Bektashi Tarikah of Dervishes, Colloque International
«soufisme-culture-musique», le Centre National de Recherches Préhistoriques,
Anthropologiques et Historiques. Algiers, Algeria, September 2007.



·     
The Political Exploitation of Islamophobia in
post–communist Albania
, International Islamophobia Conference, Istanbul. December 2007

 

 

 

SUMMER SCHOOLS / PROGRAMMES PARTICIPATION

 

·     
Space, Science and Claims to European Domination. The Dynamics of
Knowledge from the Renaissance through the Enlightenment
, Central European University,
Budapest, Hungary. July 2009.

 

·     
Euro-Atlantic integration and security in the Balkans, South-East European Summer School for Democracy, The Anglo Serbian
Society and The Hellenic Observatory of the London School of Economics and
Political Science, Belgrade,
Serbia
.
September 2008.

 

·     
The inter-religious relations in Germany,
Goethe Institute, Germany.
July 2005.

 

·     
Migrations in the History of Europe,
Academia of European History, European University Institute, Firence, Italy.
July 2005.

 

·  
Empires in the History of Europe,
Academia of European History, European University Institute, Olympic Village, Peleponessus, Greece. July 2004.

 

 

ACADEMIC RESEARCH IN INTERNATIONAL ARCHIVES

 

·      Archivio Storico Diplomatico, Ministero
degli Affari Esteri, Rome, Italy, June 2009.



·      Archivio Centralo Dello Stato, Ministero
per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, 
Rome, Italy, May 2008.



·      Archivio Storico di Propaganda Fide, Vatican,
Rome, Italy, May 2008.

 

·     
The National Archives, London, United
Kingdom
, November 2007.

 

·     
Arkivi Qëndror i Shtetit,
Tirana, Albania, 2006 – 2008.

 

 

BOOK TRANSLATIONS INTO ALBANIAN

 

·      Joan Wallach Scott, Politics of the Veil, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007,
(Albanian translation’s correction and foreword, 2010)



·      Stanford Shaw, History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey, Cambridge
University Press, London, 1979 (volume I + II) 
(2006)

 

·      Ahmet Davutoglu, Civilizational Transformation and the Muslim World, Kuala Lumpur
1996 (2004)

 

 

KNOWLEDGE OF LANGUAGES

 















































































































































































































































































































































































































Fluent in English, Albanian and Italian;
basic knowledge of Greek and Arabic.



Area of Specialisation


  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Historical and Civilisation Studies ~ Muslim Society - History of the Middle East
  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Historical and Civilisation Studies ~ Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant - History of the Ottoman Empire and the Balkans
  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Philosophy ~ Islamisation of Knowledge - Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang
  • Humanities ~ Humanities ~ Historical and Civilisation Studies ~ Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant - Islam in the Balkans