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The emergence of Alevism as an ethno-religious identity

The emergence of Alevism as an ethno-religious identity Alevism has been regarded as a contested identity which is difficult to define because of its ‘syncretic’ character. Attempts at definition have been overwhelmed by essentialist approaches as well as different political agendas since the fifteenth-century Ottoman period. This paper aims to trace the history of Alevism with a particular focus on historical sources such as the Velāyetnāmes and the organization of ocaks and dergahs. The paper argues that we shall see Alevism as an ethno-religious identity which is formed under different social conditions and emerged through the complexities of the organization of ocaks in a vast territory encompassing different ethnic groups. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png National Identities Taylor & Francis

The emergence of Alevism as an ethno-religious identity

National Identities , Volume 20 (1): 21 – Jan 1, 2018

The emergence of Alevism as an ethno-religious identity

National Identities , Volume 20 (1): 21 – Jan 1, 2018

Abstract

Alevism has been regarded as a contested identity which is difficult to define because of its ‘syncretic’ character. Attempts at definition have been overwhelmed by essentialist approaches as well as different political agendas since the fifteenth-century Ottoman period. This paper aims to trace the history of Alevism with a particular focus on historical sources such as the Velāyetnāmes and the organization of ocaks and dergahs. The paper argues that we shall see Alevism as an ethno-religious identity which is formed under different social conditions and emerged through the complexities of the organization of ocaks in a vast territory encompassing different ethnic groups.

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN
1469-9907
eISSN
1460-8944
DOI
10.1080/14608944.2016.1244521
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Abstract

Alevism has been regarded as a contested identity which is difficult to define because of its ‘syncretic’ character. Attempts at definition have been overwhelmed by essentialist approaches as well as different political agendas since the fifteenth-century Ottoman period. This paper aims to trace the history of Alevism with a particular focus on historical sources such as the Velāyetnāmes and the organization of ocaks and dergahs. The paper argues that we shall see Alevism as an ethno-religious identity which is formed under different social conditions and emerged through the complexities of the organization of ocaks in a vast territory encompassing different ethnic groups.

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National IdentitiesTaylor & Francis

Published: Jan 1, 2018

Keywords: Alevism; identity formation; ethnicity; religion; Turkey

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