Forum Invitation: Frashëri Clubs Book Discussion Series

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The Institute of Political Studies “Sami Frashëri” is delighted to introduce the “Frashëri Clubs” initiative, a collaborative effort with Ars&Academic Publishing, aimed at fostering intellectual engagement and dialogue through a series of book club meetings. This initiative seeks to unite enthusiasts, scholars, and students in bi-weekly discussions that delve into pivotal works, authors, and themes that have shaped our understanding of various disciplines.

Inaugural Session: The series will commence with an exploration of “Albania: What it Was, What it Is, and What it Will Become,” a seminal work offering profound insights into Albania’s historical trajectory and its future prospects. The discussion will be enriched by contributions from Dr. Adrian Muhaj, a renowned historian and Chairman of the Board at ISP “Sami Frashëri,” alongside Dr. Mentor Beqa, a distinguished political scientist and Executive Director at ISP “Sami Frashëri.”

Invitation to Participate: We extend a warm invitation to all individuals interested in participating in these enlightening discussions, with a special call to students to join and enhance their academic and cultural insights. The “Frashëri Clubs” initiative represents a unique opportunity to engage with key literary works and contribute to the collective intellectual discourse.

Joining the Club: For those eager to be part of this enriching experience, to suggest books for future discussions, or to recommend speakers, please feel free to reach out to us at Your input and participation will be invaluable in shaping the direction and success of this initiative.

The “Frashëri Clubs” book club meetings promise to be a stimulating journey through the realms of literature, history, and political thought, fostering a vibrant community of like-minded individuals and scholars. We look forward to welcoming you to our inaugural event and to many more engaging discussions to come.

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“Frashëri Clubs” Meeting Explores Sami Frashëri’s Legacy

The Institute of Political Studies “Sami Frashëri,” in partnership with Ars&Academic Publishing, launched its first session of the “Frashëri Clubs” book club on March 24, 2022, at Coffee4Books. This event inaugurates a bi-weekly series dedicated to delving into critical works, authors, and discussions that span the breadth of political science and extend into broader literary and cultural themes.

The spotlight of the evening was an engaging presentation by Dr. Mentor Beqa, the Executive Director at ISP Sami Frashëri, on the seminal contributions of Sami Frashëri. Dr. Beqa’s analysis brought to the fore the intricate political dimensions encapsulated in Frashëri’s writings, illustrating a blend of modern, liberal, and conservative views that heralded a progressive ideology ahead of its time.

Central to Dr. Beqa’s discourse was the assertion of Sami Frashëri’s pivotal role in the early political thought within the Albanian lexicon. Frashëri’s work, lauded as the inaugural, if not sole, political treatise in Albanian at the time, represented a foundational moment for political discourse in Albania. This endeavor not only facilitated the maturation of the Albanian language for articulating sophisticated political notions but also epitomized a significant leap in the nation’s intellectual heritage.

The gathering drew a varied audience, from eager students to seasoned scholars, all united by a shared interest in the intellectual tapestry of the Balkans and its implications for current political science debates. This dialogue served as a homage to Sami Frashëri’s timeless influence while offering a dynamic forum for reflection on the trajectory of political thought within the Albanian sphere.

The “Frashëri Clubs” initiative is set to continue sparking thought-provoking discussions, with the overarching goal of enriching the collective understanding of the intellectual currents shaping the Balkan region. This series promises to be a cornerstone for those looking to delve into the depths of political, literary, and cultural discourses, reflecting on past insights while navigating contemporary questions.