The Bektashi World Community officially represents the spiritual teachings of the Bektashi Sufi Order, one of the many mystical branches found within Islam. This religious order was founded in the 13th century by the Sufi saint Hajji Bektash Veli. The ultimate goal of the Bektash spiritual path is the perfection of the human soul. It is a path which fortifies its wayfarers with ethical and spiritual principles, which bring closeness to the Divine. Being founded on the revealed religion of Islam, Bektashism offers a unique and distinctive reading of the Qur’an, as well as the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad, the Twelve Imams and the great Sufi mystics. With its sacred headquarters in Tirana, Albania, the Bektashi World Community has members in over 31 nations, with the largest concentration of Bektashi believers being found in Albania, Turkey, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Macedonia.
"Haji Bektash Veli and the Bektash Path in Albania and Macedonia,"
Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe: Vol. 34
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/ree/vol34/iss1/3