‘Mother Teresa: The Saint and Her Nation’ by Gezim Alpion

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A personality of Mother Teresa’s caliber and global reach does not come about by chance.

To provide a well-rounded portrait of this influential figure, Mother Teresa – The Saint and Her Nation approaches her in the context of her familial background and ethnic, cultural and spiritual milieus.

Mother Teresa’s life and work are explored in the light of newly-discovered information about her family, the Albanian nation’s spiritual tradition before and after the advent of Christianity, and the impact of the Vatican and other influential powers on her people since the early Middle Ages.

Focusing on her traumas, ordeals and achievements as a private individual and a public missionary, and her complex spirituality, this book contends that Mother Teresa’s life and her nation’s history, especially her countrymen’s relationship with Roman Catholicism, are interconnected.

Unravelling this interconnectedness is essential to understanding how this modern spiritual and humanitarian icon has come to epitomize her ancient nation’s cultural and spiritual DNA.

Author Gezim Alpion of Britain’s Birmingham University said Mother Teresa: The Saint and Her Nation is his most recent work on the sociology of religion. Educated at Cairo University and Durham University, Gëzim Alpion lectured at the Universities of Huddersfield, Sheffield Hallam, and Newman prior to his appointment in 2002 in the Department of Sociology at the University of Birmingham. He joined the Department of Political Science and International Studies in 2010 and the Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology in 2016.

“This book is part of my ongoing research project that started twenty years ago, where I explore the significance of religion through the role and impact of spiritual personalities on our lives, employing Mother Teresa as a case study,” Alpion told Assist News Service.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service