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The Alevis in Turkey

The Emergence of a Secular Islamic Tradition, 1st Edition

By David Shankland


256 pages

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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.

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge Islamic Studies Series

This broad ranging series includes books on Islamic issues from all parts of the globe and is not simply confined to the Middle East.



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
RELIGION / Islam / History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies