“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.


Sami Frasheri Institute
Rruga Pjeter Budi,
Qyteti Studenti, Tiranë