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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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    After reading 3 books by alevi/turkish writers on the subject, this one was much more a sociological approach. I didn't know how powerful and influential DEDEs were. I also didn't know that alevis were having a hard time in the urban setting. I don't think anatolian alevis were associated with the shia. I still believe that alevis were shaman/pagan and when coerced to submit to islam they blended their former rituals with some symbols. One alevi author claims that they're muslim,another links their ancestors to the Paulicans. Probably they are not a homogeneous group. A nice book


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