Secretary General

Secretary General

The General Secretary of the Interreligious Council of Albania is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Genti Kruja, elected by the Council of the Presidency of IRCA. 

Prof. Genti Kruja graduated in 2003 in Sociology at Istanbul University, Istanbul's Faculty of Social Sciences. In 2007 he completed the Master of Science and Technology at the University of Tirana, the Sociology-Philosophy branch on "Dialogue and Interfaith Tolerance: Performance and Challenges". In 2015 he has completed doctoral studies at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Philosophy branch, on intercultural dialogue.

Over the last few years, through various programs, it has made possible cooperation with several local and international organizations to organize promotional events of the values of the dialogue, with which have been organized several symposiums at the same time national and international conferences.

Prof. Kruja is the author of the books "Albanians facing the challenges of interreligious understanding", "History of Interfaith Dialogue", co-author of several books and editor of many other books.

In addition to several duties during 2010-2016 was the Director of Culture and Interfaith Dialogue in the Muslim Community of Albania and a member of the Executive Board of the Interfaith Council of Albania.

From 2012-2022, he was the editor in chief of the scientific journal "Zani i Naltë", founded in 1923 and re-founded in 2012 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of independence of Albania, while in the period 2017-2022 he was the Head of the Department of Islamic Sciences at the University Beder.

Prof. Genti Kruja is currently a lecturer of Sociology of Religion, Intercultural Communication and Interreligious Dialogue at Bedër University, as well as an external expert in the profiles: Sociology, Philosophy, Theology, Religious Studies and Interreligious Dialogue. He is also a member of the Institute of Sociology.

In 2020, was selected to participate in “The Study of the United States Institutes (SUSIs) for Religious Pluralism in America” sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

Prof. Kruja has also been accepted in 2021, as an external international expert in the program Global Exchange on Religion in Society (GERIS) of the European Union in the field of religious and cultural diversity in education.

On February 15, 2024 Prof. Kruja has been elected President of European National Interreligious Bodies – Religions for Peace, Europe.

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