Universal Faith or Islamic Denomination: On the Struggle to Define Alevism

The term “Alevi” is related to heterodox Islamic groups that have lived in Anatolia and its bordering regions since the introduction of Islam in the late eleventh century. It refers to a number of heterodox groups such as Kızılbaş, Tahtacı, Çepni and Ocakzade, and others that have traditionally prac...

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Published in:A journal of church and state
Authors: Grēgoriadēs, Iōannēs N. ; Akdeniz, Pinar
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Oxford Univ. Press [2021]
In:A journal of church and state
Year: 2021, Volume: 63, Issue: 1, Pages: 47-69
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Islam / Alawites
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Summary:The term “Alevi” is related to heterodox Islamic groups that have lived in Anatolia and its bordering regions since the introduction of Islam in the late eleventh century. It refers to a number of heterodox groups such as Kızılbaş, Tahtacı, Çepni and Ocakzade, and others that have traditionally practiced endogamy.1 The Alevis include Turkish, Zaza, Kurmanji, Pomak, Albanian, and Arabic speakers.2 Distinguishing themselves from Sunnis, they venerate Ali, son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammed, and are named after him.3 In addition to Ali, Alevis follow the Twelve Imams, as well as the teachings of Hacı Bektaş-i Veli, an Islamic...
ISSN:2040-4867
Contains:Enthalten in: A journal of church and state
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1093/jcs/csaa028