The Bektashi Order is a dervish sect that fuses elements of predominantly Shia and Sufi thought into a unique blend of Islamic belief and philosophy. Founded by Balim Sultan (1457-1517) and named in honour of the Muslim mystic Haji Bektash Veli (1209-1271), the Bektashi, who traditionally attracted people from all classes of life, were found throughout the Ottoman Empire and had among their Balkan followers the Albanian national heroes Ali Pasha and Naim Frashëri. Banned briefly by the Ottoman authorities in 1826, the Bektashi Order re-emerged later in the 19th century only to be outlawed again by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk soon after the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923, an event that led them to move their headquarters to Albania in 1925. The fabulous Bektashi World Centre in the northeast suburbs of Tirana features a vast and impressive tekke with a fascinating museum in its basement and a small gift shop where visitors can buy various Bektashi-related souvenirs. Hidden in a network of small streets, follow the Kryegjyshata Botërore Bektashiane Selia e Shenjtë signs and keep an eye out for the imposing stone entrance.