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Alevis and Alevism


Transformed Identities


This collection of articles explores identity amongst the Alevis, a religious minority from Turkey.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-118-3
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Jun 24,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 174
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-118-3
$127.00
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Alevis, adherents to an offshoot of Shiite Islam, are Turkey’s largest religious minority group. Alevis may be Turkish or Kurdish, but in both cases, they suffer discrimination for not belonging to the ‘official’ Sunni Islam of the Turkish Republic. This collection of articles edited by Hege Irene Markussen looks at identity amongst the Alevis in Turkey and in Europe, where immigrant communities have emerged. The collection points to the fact that Alevilik – ‘Alevism’ – as much a cultural as a religious orientation. Individually, the articles address diverse topics. Two discuss the Alevis who now live in Germany. Other topics include theological and devotional practices with respect to identity. Additionally, there are articles discussing the closely related Alawi (or Nusayriye) sect as well as relationship between Alevis and Gypsies. This volume serves as a further contribution to the study of Alevi identity, a subject which has often been ignored in favour of studies of religious practices or histories.

Alevis, adherents to an offshoot of Shiite Islam, are Turkey’s largest religious minority group. Alevis may be Turkish or Kurdish, but in both cases, they suffer discrimination for not belonging to the ‘official’ Sunni Islam of the Turkish Republic. This collection of articles edited by Hege Irene Markussen looks at identity amongst the Alevis in Turkey and in Europe, where immigrant communities have emerged. The collection points to the fact that Alevilik – ‘Alevism’ – as much a cultural as a religious orientation. Individually, the articles address diverse topics. Two discuss the Alevis who now live in Germany. Other topics include theological and devotional practices with respect to identity. Additionally, there are articles discussing the closely related Alawi (or Nusayriye) sect as well as relationship between Alevis and Gypsies. This volume serves as a further contribution to the study of Alevi identity, a subject which has often been ignored in favour of studies of religious practices or histories.

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Hege Irene Markussen

  • CONTENTS (page 5)
  • EDITOR'S PREFACE BEING AN ALEVI, LIVING ALEVINESS, LEARNING ALEVISM (page 7)
  • "CULTURALISM" AND SOCIAL MOBILITY OR AN ALEVI VILLAGE IN GERMANY: INITIAL CONSIDERATIONS (page 11)
  • BLOOD, GELIN AND LOVE: CHANGES IN PATTERNS OF ALLIANCE IN AN ALEVI GROUP (page 31)
  • ALAWISM AND CONCEALMENT: THE UNCLEHOOD TRADITION IN THE NUSAYRIYE (page 45)
  • ALEVI THEOLOGY FROM SHAMANISM TO HUMANISM (page 65)
  • FESTIVALS AND THE FORMATION OF ALEVI IDENTITY (page 91)
  • ALEVISM IN THE 1960S: SOCIAL CHANGE AND MOBILISATION (page 109)
  • THE ALEVIS IN GERMANY AFTER SEPTEMBER 11th - CAUGHT BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE (page 137)
  • GYPSIES AND ALEVIS; THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF ABDALLAR IDENTITY (page 155)
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