Prenk Bib Doda

Prenk Bib Doda, also known as Prênk Pasha (Albanian: Prenk Bibë Doda; 1860–1919[1]), was an Albanian member of the Young Turks, leader of the Montenegrin resistance against the Ottoman Empire, prince of Mirdita, and politician in the Principality of Albania.[2]

Prenk Bib Doda
Prenk Bib Doda (portret).jpg
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
28 May 1914 – 3 September 1914
Prime MinisterTurhan Përmeti
Preceded byTurhan Përmeti
Succeeded byMyfit Libohova
Personal details
Orosh, Mirditë, Ottoman Empire (present day Albania)
DiedMarch 22, 1919[1]
Bregu i Matit, Lezhë, Principality of Albania[1] (present day Albania)
NationalityOttoman, Albanian


Early yearsEdit

Doda was born in 1860 in Orosh, Mirditë District, the son of Bibë Dodë Pasha of the Gjonmarkaj clan. His father was given the title Pasha from the Ottomans due to his support in suppressing the Albanian Revolt of 1843–44 against the Tanzimat reforms.[3] He spent his youth in Istanbul and returned to Mirdita in 1876. During the Great Eastern Crisis, Montenegro attempted to get Albanian tribes to revolt against the empire and Ottoman-Albanian officials of Shkodër attempted to counter those actions through negotiations with Doda.[4] Doda later took two Ottoman negotiators hostage, closed access to roads passing through Mirdita and demanded the release of imprisoned Albanians in Shkodër's jail.[4] French, British and Italian consuls attempted to mediate between the empire and Doda while the Ottoman governor moved troops into position.[4] By mid-April Doda began his uprising against the Ottomans and the empire sent troops to quell the revolt.[4] He was a contributor to the Albanian League of Prizren in 1878.[5][6] Dervish Pasha ordered the arrest of some of Albanian League notables and tribal chieftains for disobedience which included Doda.[7]


Doda was exiled to Anatolia by the Ottoman government and later given a post of Brigadier General in the palace of Sultan Abdul Hamid II.[8] While in Istanbul, Doda had become a member of the Young Turks.[9] He was released in 1908, after the Young Turk Revolution and the new Ottoman government thought that Doda's freedom would assist in gaining the support of the Mirdita tribe.[5][10] Local Muslim and Christian Albanian highlanders (Malisors) viewed Doda's return as more important than the Ottoman constitution.[11] The local Young Turk (CUP) branch in Shkodër, under pressure from local tribal chieftains, chose to obtain Doda's release for Mirdita in return for supporting the new constitutional government.[11]

Return from exileEdit

Prenk Bib Doda (1890s)

Doda's return to Mirdita consisted of a visit to Shkodër meeting Young Turk members and wiring the Grand vizier that he would work toward gaining support of the tribes for the new government and to create a CUP branch in Mirdita.[11] He also expressed uncertainties with his relationship with the tribe and the local vali while he advised the government to govern the region fairly.[11] Back in the region, Doda accompanied by two CUP members met with members of Mirdita's five bajraktars (2,500 men) on 30 September at the church of St. Paul where the abbot gave a speech on the cessation of blood feuds until Ash Wednesday (28 March 1909) and he backed those pronouncements.[11] Edith Durham, an English traveler present at the meeting noticed that Doda, dressed in an Ottoman fez and uniform felt unease and awkward around his surroundings after thirty years of exile such as recoiling in surprise at the sound of gun fire by fellow tribesmen hailing his arrival.[11] During the Albanian alphabet Congress of Monastir of 1908, Doda sent a telegram of support for the Bashkimi Alphabet which he viewed practical for communication and commerce.[12]

Doda offered assistance from his tribe during the Ottoman countercoup of 1909 to quell the uprising and these sentiments where more due to fears that the Hamidian regime could return than loyalty toward the CUP.[13] By 1911, Doda was a deputy in the Ottoman parliament and had expressed concerns to the Austro-Hungarian ambassador Johann von Pallavicini in Istanbul about possible partition of Albania by its neighbours Bulgaria, Montenegro and Serbia.[14] Relations with the Young Turks broke down and Doda received overtures of support from Montenegro to establish an autonomous Catholic Albanian state provided he assisted Montenegrin forces during the Balkan Wars.[9] Doda having fallen led rebellions against the empire, on October 26, 1911 he founded in Mirdita a Provision Government of Albania together with Terenzio Tocci, overruled by the Ottomans at that time.

Independent AlbaniaEdit

Prenk Bib Doda after his return from exile with an Ottoman Young Turk official (1909)

In order to gain support of the Mirdita Catholic volunteers from the northern mountains during the Muslim Uprising in Albania in 1914 Prince of Wied appointed Doda to be the foreign minister of the Principality of Albania. The government was paying a force of 5,000 to 7,000 under Doda's command.[15] Doda's volunteers and the International Dutch Gendarmerie were also joined by Isa Boletini and his men, mostly from Kosovo,[16] as well as 2,000 tribesmen of Mat under the command of Ahmet Zogu.[15]

Dutch gendarmes together with Doda's northern Mirdita Catholics attempted to capture Shijak, but when they engaged the rebels on May 23, they were surrounded and captured, as well as another expedition from Durrës which attempted to release the captured gendarmes. Another expedition failed on June 23, around 15 miles north of Durrës near Slinzë, where Prenk himself was captured by the rebels and then released on parole. There were rumors that he was a traitor to Prince Wilhelm, and he laid down arms and went voluntarily to the rebels.[17]

After World War I, he served as Deputy Prime Minister in the government of Turhan Pasha Permeti.[5]

In 1918, at the Congress of Durrës, Doda was elected vice president.[18] He was in a very tense relationship with the Italian authorities established in Albania, and in a very good relations with the British diplomats. On 22 March 1919 he was killed in an ambush prepared by the Preng Gjeta Caku band, paid by the Italians, while traveling from Durrës to Shëngjin in company of British diplomat Eden, who got wounded.[19][20]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Pearson, Owen (2004). Albania and King Zog: Independence, Republic and Monarchy 1908-1939. London: The Centre for Albanian Studies. p. 127. ISBN 1-84511-013-7.
  2. ^ Vickers, Miranda (1999). The Albanians: a modern history. Londen: I.B.Tauris. p. 103. ISBN 1-86064-541-0. Retrieved 2011-06-14.
  3. ^ Stefanaq Pollo, Kristo Frasheri (1983), Historia e Shqipërisë: Vitet 30 të shek. XIX-1912 (in Albanian), Tirana, Albania: Akademia e Shkencave e RPS të Shqipërisë, Instituti i Historisë, p. 146, OCLC 255273594, retrieved 2013-12-14
  4. ^ a b c d Gawrych 2006, p. 40.
  5. ^ a b c Robert Elsie (March 19, 2010). Historical Dictionary of Albania. Historical Dictionaries of Europe. 75 (2 ed.). Scarecrow Press. p. 114. ISBN 978-0810861886. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  6. ^ Skendi 1967, p. 38.
  7. ^ Gawrych 2006, p. 63.
  8. ^ Skendi 1967, pp. 68, 99–100, 190.
  9. ^ a b Skendi 1967, pp. 449–450.
  10. ^ Gawrych 2006, pp. 81, 160.
  11. ^ a b c d e f Gawrych 2006, p. 160.
  12. ^ Skendi 1967, p. 372.
  13. ^ Gawrych, George (2006). The Crescent and the Eagle: Ottoman rule, Islam and the Albanians, 1874–1913. London: IB Tauris. p. 168. ISBN 9781845112875.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  14. ^ Skendi, Stavro (1967). The Albanian national awakening. Princeton: Princeton University Press. p. 439. ISBN 9781400847761.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  15. ^ a b Duncan Heaton-Armstrong (August 25, 2005). The Six Month Kingdom: Albania 1914. I. B. Tauris. p. 92. ISBN 978-1850437611. Retrieved 2013-12-14.
  16. ^ Elsie, Robert. "Albania under prince Wied". Archived from the original on January 25, 2011. Retrieved January 25, 2011. ... mostly volunteers from Kosova under their leader Isa Boletini
  17. ^ Owen Pearson (February 2, 2006). Albania in the Twentieth Century, A History: Volume I: Albania and King Zog, 1908-39. I. B. Tauris. p. 69. ISBN 978-1845110130. Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  18. ^ Owen Pearson (February 2, 2006). Albania in the Twentieth Century, A History: Volume I: Albania and King Zog, 1908-39. I. B. Tauris. p. 117. ISBN 978-1845110130. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  19. ^ Sejfi Vllamasi (1995), "V", Ballafaqime politike në Shqipëri (1897-1942): kujtime dhe vlerësime historike [Political confrontations in Albania (1897-1942): memories and political evaluations], Shtëpia Botuese "Marin Barleti", OCLC 37228559, Prek Gjeto Coku - prej familjes se Cokajve- niset menjëherë në vendin e pritës për t’i dalë para Pashës. Sadri Zeka menjëherë lajmëron Mana Begun, kryetar i Bashkisë, i cili telefonon në Shkodër për një veturë për ta nisur S. Zekën që ta priste Pashën por, kur mbërrini vetura, puna ishte kryer. Preng Pasha niset për tokë prej Durrësi me Edenin (konsull anglez) e Inteligjens Servisit, i cili kryente një shërbim special në atë kohë në favor të Shqipërisë. Kur e kalojnë lumin e Matit, vetura qëllohet nga prita. Pasha ngrihet më këmbë e bërtet: “Më vritni mue e mos qitni mbi të huejt, se asht kundra zakonit tonë” Pasha dhe disa nga njerëzit e tij vriten, ndërsa konsulli Eden plagoset në krahë. Kështu P. Pasha vritet - per gjakmarrje ne mes te Mirditasve e Lekeve. Preng pasha u vra mer te marre gjakun e Gjeto Cokut, kryetarit te bashkise se lezhes. Hylli i Drites i asaj kohe shkruan: “Hylli i Dritës” “Lezhë. – Me 7 të tetorit, një rrezik i madh e gjeti Qeverinë e Lezhës, Malësinë e Madhe e, të thuesh, Shqipninë mbarë; pse në këtë ditë Gjeto Coku, kryetar i Qeverisë së Lezhës, qe vra në tradhti prej njëfar Preng Gjakove, një mirditas, dalë tash vonë në Gjakovë e shkrue, së mbrami, në xhandarmëri të Lezhës.
  20. ^ Swire, John (1971). Albania: The Rise of a Kingdom. New York: Arno Press. p. 354.