The Alevis in Turkey: The Emergence of a Secular Islamic Tradition by David ShanklandThe Alevis in Turkey: The Emergence of a Secular Islamic Tradition by David Shankland

The Alevis in Turkey: The Emergence of a Secular Islamic Tradition

byDavid ShanklandEditorDavid Shankland

Paperback | August 12, 2007

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This is the only volume dedicated to the Alevis available in English and based on sustained fieldwork in Turkey. The Alevis now have an increasingly high profile for those interested in the diverse cultures of contemporary Turkey, and in the role of Islam in the modern world. As a heterodox Islamic group, the Alevis have no established doctrine. This book reveals that as the Alevi move from rural to urban sites, they grow increasingly secular, and their religious life becomes more a guiding moral culture than a religious message to be followed literally. But the study shows that there is nothing inherently secular-proof within Islam, and that belief depends upon a range of contexts.
David Shankland lectures in the Dept of Social Anthropology at the Univeristy of Wales, Lampeter, and was formerly Assistant and Acting Director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, Turkey. For many years a specialist on Turkey, he has published widely on the subject.
Title:The Alevis in Turkey: The Emergence of a Secular Islamic TraditionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 10 × 7.01 × 0.7 inPublished:August 12, 2007Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415444365

ISBN - 13:9780415444361


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review After reading 3 books by alevi-turkish writers on the subject, this one was much more a sociological approach. I didn't know how powerful and influential DEDEs were. I also didn't know that alevis were having a hard time in the urban setting. I don't think anatolian alevis were associated with the shia. I still believe that alevis were shaman-pagan and when coerced to submit to islam they blended their former rituals with some symbols. One alevi author claims that they're muslim,another links their ancestors to the Paulicans. Probably they are not a homogeneous group. A nice book
Date published: 2015-03-06

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Setting the Scene: Religion and Social Change in Modern Turkey  2. The Alevis and their Place in the Republic: An Overview  3. An Alevi Community  4. Religion, Ritual and Belief among Alevis  5. Social Change and the Alevi Communities  6. The Alevi, the State, and the Future  7. Theoretical and Comparative Reflections  Appendices: Primary Material on the Alevis