The Arbëreshë are a linguistic and ethnic Albanian minority community living in southern Italy, especially the regions of Basilicata, Molise, Apulia, Calabria and Sicily. They settled in Southern Italy in the 15th to 18th centuries AD in several waves of migrations, following the death of the Albanian national hero George Kastrioti Skanderbeg and the gradual conquest of Albania and throughout the Byzantine Empire by the Ottoman Turks. This book brings notes and information on the culture and language of the Arberesh.
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About the Author
Gjovalin Shkurtaj (1943) was born in Bajze, Shkoder. For forty five years he taught at Tirana University in Albania, as well as at University of Calabria, Italy. He is co-author of Albanian Atlas of Dialectology published in 2007/2008. He has published 15 books on Albanian language, literature and culture, as well as thousand of articles. He also is co-author in many documentary films in Albanian. In 1982 he won the Second prize on the National Documentary Film for "Arbereshet". He is member of the Albanian National Academy of Science.