Between Occident and Islam
2. Importing Christian heroes into Albanian history
Since Albanians are a European nation that is usually seen as "Islamic" (a word which generates different, unhealthy, stereotypes in some fanatical Occidental minds) many Albanian Occidentalists have tried to escape from this perceived "Islamic guilt" that their nation inherits from its past. For this reason, Albanian communist and post-communist historiography has always tried to produce as many Christian myths as possible in order to appease the Islamophobic West. One of the best ways of doing so has been to project
Skanderbeg (aka Gjergj Kastrioti) as Albania’s most important national hero, even though, scientifically, his heroism might be less credible than that of the good Robin Hood of the British tale. At the same time attempts have been made from different writers, to Albanianize important Balkan Christian "heroes" such as Millosh Kopili (aka Miloš Obilić) and implanting him (or them) as part of Albanian history:
Un soldato albanese, Millosh Kopili, cavaliere i Balshai, così come dice la leggenda, riuscì a spingersi fino al baldacchino del Sultano, uccidendolo. La storia di Belgrado,invece, racconta che questo soldato era serbo e si chiamava Millosh Kopiliq. O forse la storia di Millosh fu inventata e Murad I fu ucciso in uno dei soliti sleali complotti?
My personal opinion is that neither Skanderbeg, nor Millosh Kopili and the Battle of Kosova of 1389 have been correctly presented in many articles on Albanian history, especially those produced in the West.
Starting with Millosh Kopili and the Battle of Kosovo Polje I must present the following objections to other articles:
Forse qualcuno sogna di essere ricordato per secoli nei canti popolari, come il principe Lazzaro della battaglia del Campo dei Merli (1389). Per inciso, suo figlio divenne un generale turco e corservò i suoi possedimenti. Inoltre l’esercito turco in quella celebre battaglia era in gran parte costituito da soldati serbi arruolati dal sultano Murad in Macedonia!
[...] the victory, June, 1389, of the Turks over a coalition of Serbs, Bosnians, Albanians, and Wallachians under Lazar of Serbia, at Kosovo, or Kosovo Polje (the field of blackbirds), a plain in [Southern] Serbia, present Yugoslavia.