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Subject: History of Albania, League of Prizren, Idriz Seferi, Albanian Pashaliks, Albania under Serbia in the Middle Ages
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League of Peja

League of Peja
Lidhja e Pejës
Motto Besa-Besë
Formation 1899
Extinction 1900
Legal status disestablished
Leader Haxhi Zeka

League of Peja (less commonly League of Peć or League of İpek,[1] Austria-Hungary and directed against Ottoman reforms and against Serbs from Kosovo Vilayet.[3]

Albanian patriotic circles had been seeing a need of creating a new organisation, similar to the first League of Prizren, and to include all the Albanian lands and place it in front of a national movement.

The first efforts for the creation of the league began on September 1896. Haxhi Zeka was named as head of this movement by the most influent Albanian leaders in the Ottoman province of Kosovo (Kosovo villayet was one of four Ottoman provinces - vilayets, with significant presence of Albanian population).

Albanian leaders led by Haxhi Zeka organised a meeting in Yakova (now Gjakova) in march-April 1897 as a first step for the creation of the league. There were two groups of members. The first group of conservative and more moderate members wanted five vilayets (with Salonika vilayet included) to be united into the Albanian vilayet, and the second group of the more radical members wanted the full administrative autonomy for the for vilayets united in the Albanian vilayet.[4]

The league ended its activity in 1900 after an armed conflict with the Ottoman forces. Zeka was assassinated by a Serbian agent Adem Zajmi in 1902.[5]


  1. ^ Gawrych, p. 125
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  5. ^ Bep Jubani et al., Historia e popullit shqiptar: për shkollat e mesme (Libri Shkollor: Pristina, 2002) 182-185.
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