This is an item from October that I’m just getting to, but it’s worth noting. Here’s one of the many things that America’s best pal Kosovo is up to:

KOSOVO HOSTING KUR’AN RECITATATION COMPETITION FOR SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE

PRISTINA, Kosovo (October 22,2008) - Kosovo is hosting annual Kur’an recitators’ competition for the southeastern Europe for the second time in the city of Prizren.

From 18th October until 26th the competition will be open for all those who wish to participate on the final night of the competition in Prizren on November 1. Twelve best recitators will win the right to compete on the final night.

Hm, Prizren. Let me try to recall. Prizren…Prizren…Prizren — oh yes! — now I remember my context for that particular place in Kosovo. That’s where the 1878 Prizren League conference took place. That’s where the goal of a Greater Albania was openly delineated by hardcore nationalists who wanted to take over all the surrounding lands that Albanians had ever set foot onto.

So let’s see, today it’s where a Koran Fest takes place. Gee, there’s no relationship between nationalism and Islam — of course not — and the fight for Kosovo was a purely “national/ethnic struggle”. Of course. Pay no attention to this description of the nationalists who constituted the Prizren League:

In 1880 Kirby Green, the British consul for Northern Albania, wrote about the situation in Kosovo, saying, “The Albanian League is an organization of the most fanatical Muslims in the country. Those people are now taken up with extreme religious fanaticism and hatred of Christians. With the exception perhaps of Mecca, Prizren is the most dangerous spot for a Christian to be in all Mohammedan countries.”

Back to the Kosovo Koranfest:

…”Last year we organized for the first time [the] Kur’an Fest and participants from Kosova and Macedonia took part, meanwhile this year we have qaris from Bosnia and Albania too” said Hafz Faton Bytyqi, one of the organizers.

Last year [the] winner was given a free trip to Hajj and the second and third [-place] contestants were rewarded with money.

The official website for the event is www.kuranfest.com from where more information can be taken regarding this great event.