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Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam

Markus Dressler


Academic and political debates on the nature and the history of the Alevis of Turkey have since the early 20th century, within the politics of Ottoman/Turkish modernization and Turkish nation-building, been locked in discourses of religious and ethnic essence and homogeneity. Within these discourses, groups previously referred to as Kızılbaş (“Redhead”) and regarded as heretics with no attention to their ethnicity, were renamed “Alevi” and marked as Turkish and “heterodox” Muslims. This book analyzes the process of this re-signification within the complex historical dynamics of the late Ottoma ... More

Keywords: Alevis, heterodoxy, Kızılbaş, Fuad Köprülü, missionaries, nation-building, Ottoman Empire, religiography, religion discourse, Turkey

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199969401
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969401.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Markus Dressler, author
Department for Social Sciences and Humanties, Istanbul Technical University

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