The Alevis in Turkey

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The Alevis in Turkey

Alevis, often described as heterodox are a religious minority in Turkey. Alevis can be of both Turkish and Kurdish ethnicity. Alevism therefore cuts across ethnic boundaries. The Alevi terrain is

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Alevis, often described as heterodox are a religious minority in Turkey. Alevis can be of both Turkish and Kurdish ethnicity. Alevism therefore cuts across ethnic boundaries. The Alevi terrain is complicated as it includes several ethnicities, religious systems, cultural subgroups and languages. Alevism is a broad umbrella. There is some tension between Sunni and Alevi communities. Sometimes this tension culminated in violent pogroms against Alevis. This lecture will survey the Alevi religion and community to enable participants to further their understanding of the complexities of the Turkish society.