Parution: Derya Ozkul, Hege Markussen (eds), The Alevis in Modern Turkey and the Diaspora. Recognition, Mobilisation and Transformation, The Edinburgh University Press, 2022


The Alevis in Modern Turkey and the Diaspora
Recognition, Mobilisation and Transformation

Edited by Derya Ozkul, Hege Markussen





Investigates the Alevis’ struggles for recognition in Turkey and the diaspora and transformations in authority and traditional rituals

  • Features 14 detailed case studies provide insights into the struggles for recognition and representation by Alevi communities in Turkey and the diaspora under the AKP administration
  • Demonstrates how the struggles for recognition transform and re-define traditions, authorities and rituals
  • Examines how diverse understandings of Alevi identities interplay with standardised representations of Alevism
  • Opens up the study of the recognition of minorities as local, national and transnational processes

This book explores the struggles of a minority group – Alevis – for recognition and representation in Turkey and the diaspora. It examines how they mobilise against state practices and claim their rights, while at the same time negotiating how they define themselves. The authors offers a conceptual framework to study minorities by looking at both structural and agency-related factors in resisting state pressure and mobilising for their rights.

The Alevis in Modern Turkey and the Diaspora is divided into three main sections looking into: the Turkish state and society’s pressures over Alevis; how Alevis struggle and obtain representation in various Western countries; and how traditional authority and rituals transform under these conditions. Studying this minority group’s experience helps to understand oppression and resistance in the broader Middle East.


1. Alevi Agency in Changing Political Contexts
Derya Özkul and Hege Markussen

The Turkish State and Alevis: Contentions over Recognition

2. What is Alevism? Contemporary Debates vis-à-vis Historical and Systematic Considerations
Markus Dressler3. The ‘Alevi Opening’ of the Justice and Development Party
Murat Borovalı and Cemil Boyraz

4. ‘Madımak Shall Be Turned Into a Museum’: Negotiating the Sivas Massacre through the Built Environment
Eray Çaylı

5. Dersim: The Paradox of Disclosing ‘An Open Secret’
Besim Can Zırh

6. Thinking of Alevism as a ‘Majority’: Alevi and Sunni Communities in Dersim
Ahmet Kerim Gültekin

Alevis in the Diaspora: Prospects for Recognition

7. From Culture to Religion: Reframing Alevism for Recognition in Germany
Martin Sökefeld8. The Alevi Movement in Germany and Australia: Towards a Transnational Movement
Derya Özkul 9. The Alevi Diaspora in France: Changing Relations with the Home and Host States
Ayça Arkılıç

10. From a Particularistic Organization to a Federation: Mobilization for Alevi Identity in Britain
Ayșegül Akdemir

Beyond Recognition: Changes in Alevi Rituals, Representation, and Authority

11. The Transformation of the Sacred Authority of the Çelebis: The Ulusoy Family in Contemporary Turkey
Meral Salman Yıkmış

12. Ritual, Musical Performance, and Identity: The Transformation of the Alevi Zakir
Ulaş Özdemir

13. The Socio-Spatial Meaning of Cemevis on Public Space in Istanbul
Erhan Kurtarır

14. Mediatized Reproduction of Alevism: Alevi Television Networks and their Audiences
Nazlı Özkan


15. Back to Anatolia: Reflections on Twenty-Five Years of Alevi Research
David Shankland

16. Concluding Remarks: Alevi Agency and Visibility
Hege Markussen

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Chargé de diffusion scientifique (2022, 26 septembre). Parution: Derya Ozkul, Hege Markussen (eds), The Alevis in Modern Turkey and the Diaspora. Recognition, Mobilisation and Transformation, The Edinburgh University Press, 2022. IISMM. Consulté le 23 mai 2024, à l’adresse

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