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Rethinking the Justice and Development Party’s ‘Alevi openings’

Rethinking the Justice and Development Party’s ‘Alevi openings’ The ‘Alevi openings’ launched in 2007 by the Justice and Development Party have been widely lauded as a historic and unprecedented step in the Turkish Republic. In contrast, this article places the ‘openings’ in a wider historical context, analyzing them in relation to processes of nation-building. Firstly, it is argued that the ‘openings’ marked continuity with previous interventions by state actors, including the military, dating back at least to the 1960s. Secondly, it is contended that these interventions should be regarded as a process of re-framing Alevism within a Turkish–Islamic framework, consigning it to ‘invisibility,’ rather than as democratization. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Turkish Studies Taylor & Francis

Rethinking the Justice and Development Party’s ‘Alevi openings’

Turkish Studies , Volume 18 (2): 19 – Apr 3, 2017

Rethinking the Justice and Development Party’s ‘Alevi openings’

Turkish Studies , Volume 18 (2): 19 – Apr 3, 2017

Abstract

The ‘Alevi openings’ launched in 2007 by the Justice and Development Party have been widely lauded as a historic and unprecedented step in the Turkish Republic. In contrast, this article places the ‘openings’ in a wider historical context, analyzing them in relation to processes of nation-building. Firstly, it is argued that the ‘openings’ marked continuity with previous interventions by state actors, including the military, dating back at least to the 1960s. Secondly, it is contended that these interventions should be regarded as a process of re-framing Alevism within a Turkish–Islamic framework, consigning it to ‘invisibility,’ rather than as democratization.

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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
1743-9663
eISSN
1468-3849
DOI
10.1080/14683849.2016.1257913
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Abstract

The ‘Alevi openings’ launched in 2007 by the Justice and Development Party have been widely lauded as a historic and unprecedented step in the Turkish Republic. In contrast, this article places the ‘openings’ in a wider historical context, analyzing them in relation to processes of nation-building. Firstly, it is argued that the ‘openings’ marked continuity with previous interventions by state actors, including the military, dating back at least to the 1960s. Secondly, it is contended that these interventions should be regarded as a process of re-framing Alevism within a Turkish–Islamic framework, consigning it to ‘invisibility,’ rather than as democratization.

Journal

Turkish StudiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Apr 3, 2017

Keywords: Alevis; nationalism; Turkey; nation-building; Turkish Islam

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