Shkelzen Maliqi

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Shkelzen Maliqi
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Shkelzen Maliqi.
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Born 26 October 1947
Orahovac, AP Kosovo & Metohija, SR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia

Shkëlzen Maliqi [a] (born 1947 in Orahovac, FPR Yugoslavia) is an Albanian philosopher, art critic, political analyst and leading intellectual in Kosovo[b]. During the early 1990s Shkelzen was also directly involved in politics. He was one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party of Kosovo and served as its first president from 1991 to 1993. He also held leading positions in civil society organisations such as the Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (1995–2000) and the Kosovo Helsinki Committee (1990–1997).

Maliqi has published several books on art and politics in Albanian, English, Italian, Spanish, and Serbian. From the beginning of the 1980s, he has been a regular contributor to the most important media outlets in Kosovo and the former Yugoslavia. Maliqi lives in Pristina and heads the "Gani Bobi" Institute for Social Studies.

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a.   ^ Albanian spelling: Shkëlzen Maliqi, Serbian spelling: Škelzen Malići, Шкелзен Малићи.
b.   ^ Kosovo is the subject of a territorial dispute between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo. The latter declared independence on 17 February 2008, but Serbia continues to claim it as part of its own sovereign territory. Kosovo's independence has been recognised by 108 out of 193 United Nations member states.

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