Alevis in Turkey by David Shankland
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Alevis in Turkey
By David Shankland

The Alevis in Turkey

The Emergence of a Secular Islamic Tradition

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Alevis in Turkey by David Shankland

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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415444361
ISBN-10: 0415444365
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 178mm x 14mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Shankland

David Shankland lectures in the Dept of Social Anthropology at the Univeristy of Wales, Lampeter, and was formerly Assistant and Acting Director of the British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara, Turkey. For many years a specialist on Turkey, he has published widely on the subject.

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