The Bektashis: A Sufi community that still stands for tolerance despite a long history of persecution
The Bektashi Order is a Sufi Islamic creed with a long mystic tradition in Albania. Espoused by the Janissaries, the elite soldiers of the Ottoman Empire largely recruited from Christian areas of the Balkans. The Sufi faith does not force devotees to observe the basics of traditional Islam.
Friend to 12 presidents and the first revivalist preacher to make a national impact via television and the media, he established a model for building a proseletysing church that kept the loyalty of its congregation, a model some later tele-evangelists copied to get fabulously rich.