Kurdish Alevis and the Case of Dersim: Historical and Contemporary Insights

Kurdish Alevis and the Case of Dersim: Historical and Contemporary Insights


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In contemporary Turkey, discussions on the concept of ethnicity and religiosity continue to maintain their utmost importance in politics and daily social life. In this context, Alevi and Kurdish identities have come to the fore with mass representation marked by protests and violence. In spite of the importance of Kurds and Alevis for the history of Turkey, one specific group, namely the Kurdish Alevis, has escaped the attention of the international world. Although wide interest upon the topic in the international academic sphere, there are very limited academic works about Kurdish Alevis in general. Who are the Kurdish Alevis? What are the particular conditions for its association with the Kurdish identity, Alevi religion, and the history of Turkey? What has been the role of Dersim within Kurdish Alevism? The main purpose of this edited volume, the first of its kind, is to contribute to the understanding of these and other questions. Based on six perspectives from scholars from various disciplinary, this approach will present new insights on contemporary research and discussions on the issue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498575485
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 01/22/2019
Series: Kurdish Societies, Politics, and International Relations Series
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.28(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Ahmet Kerim Gültekin is ethnologist and visiting scholar at Leipzig University.

Erdal Gezik is freelance researcher and author of Etnik, Politik Dinsel Sorunlar Bağlamında Alevi Kürtler and Alevi Ocakları ve Örgütlenmeleri I.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Historical-Political Aspect
Alişan Akpınar
Sabır Güler
Chapter 2 - Ethno-Religious Aspect
Dilşa Deniz
Erdal Gezik
Chapter 3 - Socio-Cultural Aspect
Ahmet Kerim Gültekin
Çiçek İlengiz

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