Central Committee for Defending Albanian Rights

The Central Committee for Defending Albanian Rights was formed in the city of Istanbul, Turkey, then Ottoman Empire in December 18, 1877 by an influential group of Albanian intellectuals, patriots, and politicians, such as Hasan Tahsini, Abdyl Frashëri, Vesel Dino, Iljaz Pasha Dibra, Ymer Prizreni, Sami Frashëri, Zija Prishtina, Ahmet Koronica, Mehmet Ali Vrioni, Seid Toptani, Mustafa Nuri Vlora, Vaso Pasha, Jani Vreto, Mihal Harito, Pandeli Sotiri, Koto Hoxhi, and Mane Tahiri.[1] The chairman of the Committee was elected Abdyl Frashëri.[1] The committee would be referred later with a more practical name as Komiteti i Stambollit ("Istambul Committee").[2]

Abdyl bey Frasheri, Chairman of the Albanian Committee 1877

The goal of the committee was to disseminate the idea of an autonomous Albanian region within the steadily diminishing Ottoman Empire. The Committee's plan and ideals were printed in the Tercuman i Sark paper, and anticipated the founding of a single Albanian vilayet that would encompass the vilayets of Kosovo, Monastir, Janina and Scutari. Contrary to what is often said, a claim for territories very often included the Salonica Vilayet too.[3][4] As support for both the committee and the idea of a united autonomous Albania grew, supporters decided to meet in the city of Prizren. This became the first meeting of what came to be known as the League of Prizren.[5]

In October 1879, elite members of the committee formed the Society for the Publication of Albanian Writings, which would perform the difficult tasks of establishing a unified alphabet and primer, and spreading the Albanian writings.

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  1. ^ a b Elsie, Robert (January 2006). Albanian literature: a short history. I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited. pp. 75–76. ISBN 1-84511-031-5.
  2. ^ Rilindasi Hoxha Hasan Tahsini në mbrojtje të trojeve joshqiptare të Çamërisë nga aneksimi dhe kolonizimi grek (in Albanian), ardhmeriaonline.com, retrieved 2014-01-25, Më 18 dhjetor 1877 u formua komiteti qendror për mbrojtjen e të drejtave të kombësisë shqiptare apo siç u quajt shkurt "Komiteti i Stambollit", në të cilin Hasan Tahsini ishte pjesëtar aktiv. [On December 18, 1877, the Central Committee for defending rights of the Albanian nation, or as abbreviated "Committee of Instambul", was formed, and Hasan Tahsini was an active member of it]
  3. ^ Clayer, Nathalie (2007), Aux origines du nationalisme albanais: la naissance d'une nation majoritairement musulmane on Europe, Karthala, p. 463, ISBN 978-2-84586-816-8, retrieved January 19, 2011, Contrairement a ce qui est souvent affirme, la revendication d'un territorie englobant le vilayet de Salonique fut assez frequente
  4. ^ Bataković, Dušan T., https://www.webcitation.org/query |archiveurl= missing title (help), The Kosovo Chronicles, Belgrade, Serbia: Knižara Plato, ISBN 86-447-0006-5, archived from the original on January 19, 2011, retrieved January 19, 2011, Plans were then already voiced for including even of the Salonika vilayet
  5. ^ "Komiteti i Stambollit dhe platforma e tij politike".