Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam (AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion)

Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam (AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion)

By: Markus Dressler (author)Paperback

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In the late 1980s, the Alevis, at that time thought to be largely assimilated into the secular Turkish mainstream, began to assert their difference as they never had before. The question of Alevism's origins and its relation to Islam and to Turkish culture became a highly contested issue. According to the dominant understanding, Alevism is part of the Islamic tradition, although located on its margins. It is further assumed that Alevism is intrinsically related to Anatolian and Turkish culture, carrying an ancient Turkish heritage, leading back into pre-Islamic Central Asian Turkish pasts. Dressler argues that this knowledge about the Alevis-their demarcation as "heterodox" but Muslim and their status as carriers of Turkish culture-is in fact of rather recent origins. It was formulated within the complex historical dynamics of the late Ottoman Empire and the first years of the Turkish Republic in the context of Turkish nation-building and its goal of ethno-religious homogeneity.

About Author

Markus Dressler is currently Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Goettingen.


Acknowledgements ; Prologue: Alevism Contested ; Introduction: Genealogies and Significations ; Part 1: Missionaries, Nationalists, and the Kizilbas-Alevis ; Chapter 1: The Western Discovery of the Kizilbas-Alevis ; Chapter 2: Nationalism, Religion, and Inter-Communal Violence ; Chapter 3: Entering the Gaze of the Nationalists ; Part 2: Mehmed Fuad Koprulu (1890-1966) and the Conceptualization of Inner-Islamic Difference ; Chapter 4: Nationalism, Historiography, and Politics ; Chapter 5: Religiography: Taxonomies of Essences and Differences ; Chapter 6: Alevi and Alevilik in the Work of Fuad Koprulu and His Legacy ; Conclusion: Tropes of Difference and Sameness - The Making of Alevism as a Modernist Project Notes ; Bibliography ; Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780190234096
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 346
  • ID: 9780190234096
  • weight: 504
  • ISBN10: 0190234091

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