Hajji Bektash Wali
Bektashi Order of Sufis
Hajji Bektash Wali (Haci Bektas Veli) (1209-1271)
There are 15 Bektashi centers worldwide with 15 leaders. Among them, Haji Reshat Bardhi Dedebaba of Albania is perhaps most prominent.
Bektashism is a branch of Sufism (the more mystical branch of Islam), but also shares beliefs and practices with Shia Islam, making it a bit of a hybrid within Islam. As with all Sufis, it affirms that the Quran has two meanings — a literal one, and a deeper, esoteric message.
adherents distributed across various Balkan nations
Albania, Turkey, United States