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Isen Ujkaj

About this Interview

Isen Ujkaj was interviewed by his friend and HIST 300 The Study of History student, Madeline Blomberg, in his home on September 9th, 2021. In his interview, Isen describes growing up in Albania in the 1990s, as well as how the earlier generations in his family were affected by Communism. He details his experience immigrating to the United States, and his subsequent disappointment upon arrival, due to the inaccurate display of American life on television. Isen also shares his experiences traveling back to Albania, and the poor economic state the country is in that prevents him from wanting to return permanently.

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For Further Reading

Bayraktar, Uğur. "Reconsidering Local Versus Central: Empire, Notables, and Employment in Ottoman Albania and Kurdistan, 1835–1878." International Journal of Middle East Studies 52, no. 4 (2020): 685-701. Link.

Bishku, Michael B. "Albania and the Middle East." Mediterranean Quarterly 24, no. 2 (2013): 81-103. Link.

Kruja, Genti. "Interfaith Dialogue in Albania as a Model of Interreligious Harmony." Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies 7, no. 3 (2020): 76-87. Link.

Sukaj, Silvana, Antonella Bevilacqua, Giuseppe Ciaburro, Gino Iannace, and Amelia Trematerra. "Ottoman Mosques in Albania: Building Acoustic Exploration Inside Five Case Studies." Buildings (Basel) 11, no. 10 (2021): 430 (16 pages). Link.