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Arabati Baba Teke

The Arabati Baba Teke of Tetovo was completed in the 18th century by the dervish Rexhep Pasha, it has been the centre for the Bektashi community in the Balkan peninsula – serving as mother house for many others tekkes in Macedonia and Kosovo – until 1912, when the Ottomans were driven out of Macedonia.

Beim Gespräch mit ihm fand ich heraus, dass die Frauen in der Dervish Gesellschaft gut ausgebildet sind und es auch weibliche Dervishs gibt. Dass die Frauen kein Kopftuch fragen, nur 2 Mal am Tag betten und 10 Tage fasten war überraschend für mich.
Nasiba, PhD Student HU Berlin

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After the Second World War the tekke were confiscated by the Yugoslav government and made into a hotel, a restaurant and a disco for Party cadres in the 1960s. Only in 1995 the Bektashi order regained access to the compound and could refurbish it.

I have had just a basic information about the Dervish community before the journey, and their religious plurality and inclusivity is something that can be of greater interest and relevance for the Balkans.
Marko, PhD Student U Belgrade

In August 2002 a group of armed Wahhabi Muslims associated with the  Macedonian UÇK seized control of a large part of the complex in order to reclaim the tekke as a mosque, although it has never functioned as a such.
Dervish Muttalib is the only remaining dervish serving in the Arabati Baba Teke.

Es ist ein Ort mit einer über 500-jährigen Geschichte, jedoch war hier gerade die jüngere Geschichte sichtbar, als die Tekke 2002 von Wahhabi-Muslimen okkupiert und zum Teil zerstört wurde.
Michal, M.A. Student HU Berlin


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