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Arshi Bazaj
Arshi Bazaj
Birth: 20 May 1906
Sevaster, Albania (then part of the Ottoman Empire)
Death: 26 December 2015
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Age: 109 years, 220 days
Country: AlbaniaALBUnited StatesUSA

Arshi Bazaj (20 May 1906 – 26 December 2015) was Albanian-born American centenarian.


Arshi Bazaj was born to a Bektashi Muslim family in Sevaster, near Vlora in Albania (then part of the Ottoman Empire) on 20 May 1906. Later in 1940s he emigrated to Michigan, United States after escaping Communist persecution via Italy. He was the head of the Bektashi Sufi teqe established in Taylor, Michigan, USA, by the noted Bektashi figure Baba Rexheb Beqiri (1901-95). He was a life-long Bektashi. His diligent work for the Bektashi community began in Vlora and concluded near Detroit.

Arshi Bazaj died in Detroit, Michigan, USA on 26 December 2015 at the age of 109 years, 220 days.[1][2] If his age is true, he could be oldest known man ever born in Albania.