Hadzhi is Bulgaria’s Chief Mufti. Bulgaria has been referred to as “Istanbulgaria” because of the importance of Turkish-Bulgarian relations. Hadzhi is the leader of the Muslim community in a predominantly Christian state with a large influx of Muslims. He defended 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