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Title: Albanology  
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Subject: Franz Nopcsa von Felső-Szilvás, Albanian Literature, Giuseppe Schirò, Martin Camaj, Gjergj Fishta
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Albanology is the science that studies Albanian language, culture and History of Albania.


  • Albanology studies 1
  • Notable Albanologists 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Albanology studies

Johann Erich Thunmann in the 18th century was probably the first Albanologist. He supported the theory of the autochthony of the Albanians[1] and also presented the Illyrian origin theory.[2][3] Later on Gustav Meyer proved that Albanian was part of the Indo-European family.[4]

In the 20th century such studies were deepened by Norbert Jokl, Milan Šufflay, and Franz Nopcsa von Felső-Szilvás, as well as Karl Reinhold, and Eqrem Çabej.

The studies of Albanology were more institutionally supported in Albania starting in 1940 with the opening of the Royal Institute of the Albanian Studies, which had preceded the Academy of Sciences of Albania, opened in 1972. Meanwhile, during the 1960s, the Albanology Institute of Pristina was also founded in Kosovo, then part of Yugoslavia.[5] The institute emerged from its core founded in 1953.[6]

Notable Albanologists

Baron Nopcsa in Albanian warrior costume, cca 1913.tif
Albanian folk dance from Civita, Calabria, Italy


  1. ^  
  2. ^ Schwandner-Sievers, Stephanie;  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ Philip Baldi (1983). An Introduction to the Indo-European Languages. SIU Press. pp. 87–88.  
  5. ^ Spiro J. Shetuni (2011). Albanian Traditional Music: An Introduction, with Sheet Music and Lyrics for 48 Songs. McFarland. p. 17.  
  6. ^ Robert Elsie (15 November 2010). Historical Dictionary of Kosovo. Scarecrow Press. p. 26.  

External links

  • International Network of Albanology
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