Bulgarian Writing of XI century categorises Albanians as half-believing

Facebook page "Shqyptari" (The Albanian) has published recently an explanation of the scholar 

Robert Elsie about early Albanians:

"1000-1018: Origins of the Albanian identity

The earliest references to the identity of Albanians is believed to be a Bulgarian text compiled around the eleventh century. The text was discovered in a Serbian manuscript that dates back to 1628 and published in 1934 by Radoslav Grujic.

The text aims to explain the origins of languages and people of the world, and does so by dividing the categories under 72 different languages and three divisions of religious (Orthodox believers, half-believers and unbelievers).

The text does not mention the Serbs, suggesting that Serbian identity did not existed by the time. Albanians are mentioned being categorized as semi-believers.

From the text is seen clear that the world had several different languages, and among the Orthodox peoples was the Bulgarian language, Greek, Syrian and Iberian.

Among the semi-faithful are: Albanians (German), Franks (French), Magyars (Hungarians), Indians, Jacobites, Armenian, Saxons, Lechs (Polak), Arbanasi (Albanians), Croatian, Hizi ". (Information by Robert Elsie)

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