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Turkey's Alevi Enigma

Turkey's Alevi Enigma 120 Literatur/Book Reviews / Die Welt des Islams 48 (2008) 101-125 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157006008X295016 Turkey’s Alevi Enigma . By Paul J. White & Joost Jongerden (eds.). Leiden: Brill, 2003 (Social Economic and Political Studies of the Middle East and Asia, 88). pp. 264. ISBN 90-04-12538-8. List Price € 75 / US $ 101. More than one and a half decades have passed since the beginnings of the “Alevi revival,” when Alevis went public with their claim for recognition of their cultural and religious difference. Both in Turkey as well as in European countries with strong Turkish communities such as Germany, Alevism has become an undeniable social and political reality expressed in cultural, social, and religious Alevi networks. The unexpected coming-out of a so far largely assimilated and hardly visible community sparked academic interest. At first, researchers were mostly busy with describing and explaining the very phenomenon of Alevi revivalism and, not the least, trying to explain what Alevism was all about. The volume under review reflects a certain maturing of the field. It brings together heterogeneous scholarship on the subject situating Alevi politics within the broader context of Turkish identity politics. In the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Die Welt des Islams Brill

Turkey's Alevi Enigma

Die Welt des Islams , Volume 48 (1): 120 – Jan 1, 2008

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Brill
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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0043-2539
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1570-0607
DOI
10.1163/157006008X295016
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120 Literatur/Book Reviews / Die Welt des Islams 48 (2008) 101-125 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157006008X295016 Turkey’s Alevi Enigma . By Paul J. White & Joost Jongerden (eds.). Leiden: Brill, 2003 (Social Economic and Political Studies of the Middle East and Asia, 88). pp. 264. ISBN 90-04-12538-8. List Price € 75 / US $ 101. More than one and a half decades have passed since the beginnings of the “Alevi revival,” when Alevis went public with their claim for recognition of their cultural and religious difference. Both in Turkey as well as in European countries with strong Turkish communities such as Germany, Alevism has become an undeniable social and political reality expressed in cultural, social, and religious Alevi networks. The unexpected coming-out of a so far largely assimilated and hardly visible community sparked academic interest. At first, researchers were mostly busy with describing and explaining the very phenomenon of Alevi revivalism and, not the least, trying to explain what Alevism was all about. The volume under review reflects a certain maturing of the field. It brings together heterogeneous scholarship on the subject situating Alevi politics within the broader context of Turkish identity politics. In the

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