Gianfranco Bria is a PhD student in "Histoire et Civilitation" at the "Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales" in Paris and at University of Calabria under the direction of Nathalie Clayer (Maitre de Conference at CNRS – EHESS – College de France) and prof. Alberto Ventura (Professor of History of Islamic Countries at the University of Calabria). The title of the PhD research is "Les Soufis entre sainteté demande de recherche et des valeurs dans l’Albanie contemporaine." His interests include contemporary Islam and Sufism in the Balkans, with special attention to Albanian countries (Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro and Macedonia).