An Overview of the Treatment of Religion Under the Communist Regime in Albania

Justinian Topulli


ABSTRACT The struggle against religion during the communist regime in Albania became an important part of what the communist state treated as class struggle. This war had two stages, before 1967 and after this year, which ended with its complete legal ban and the closure of places of worship. The fight against religion extended both ideologically and practically, but mostly the communist regime gave importance to the fight against religiously based traditions and holidays, as well as in qualifying religion not only as a supporter of the ruling classes, but also as collaborators with foreign enemies and in their service. An important part of the fight against religion in Albania has been the persecution, imprisonment and death sentence of the clergy.