The Alevis in Turkey: The Emergence of a Secular Islamic Tradition

1st Edition

David Shankland

Routledge
Published July 27, 2007
Reference - 256 Pages
ISBN 9780415444361 - CAT# RU46788
Series: Routledge Islamic Studies Series

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Summary

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.

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