Hadzhi is Bulgaria’s chief mufti. Bulgaria has recently been referred to as “Istanbulgaria” because of the importance of Turkish-Bulgarian relations. Hadzhi is important as the leader of the Muslim community in a predominantly Christian state with a large influx of Muslims. He has recently had to defend his community from extreme nationalists who went so far as to attack mosques and worshippers.
Source of Influence: Administration of Religious Affairs
Status: Featured in current year