An Esoteric Sufi Ceremony

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The Laz live in the regionWhen in the ban on associations

Such centers no longer feature community business or deliberation, such as the old ritual of reconciliation, but emphasize musical and dance performance to the exclusion of these. The government's efforts to use Alevi awareness as an alternative to Kurdish nationalism have largely failed.

Many dedes now receive salaries from Alevi cultural centers, which arguably subordinates their role. The way they reformulate and at times even literally invent Alevi tradition is highly reminiscent of what goes on in nascent nationalist movements.

There was also a drive-by shooting of Alevis in Istanbul's Gazi neighborhood in which resulted in the death of some Alevis. Sacred places Edit While Alevism does not recognize an obligation to go on pilgrimage, visiting ziyarat and performing dua at the tombs of Alevi-Bektashi saints or Pirs is quite common.

Two other ethnic groups, the Laz and especially the Circassians, also began publishing and organising. There was a sudden tidal wave of publications by Alevi intellectuals, purporting to explain history, doctrine and ritual of Alevism and to define its relation to Sunni Islam. The same period also witnessed a sudden resurgence of the Alevi identity. Thirty-seven people in the hotel died in this fire.

When in the ban on associations which had been total after was somewhat relaxed, Alevi voluntary associations sprang up all over the country. The Laz live in the region bordering on the republic of Georgia and their language is related to Georgian. This is particularly common among Turkish teacher Sherif Baba's Rifa'i Marufi Order, whose worship combines elements of typical Alevi traditions with Sunni practices.

Throwing stones and burning rags through the windows, the demonstrators succeeded in setting fire to the hotel. Their poems shape Turkish culture up to now, and are also performed by modern artists. It violated several international agreements on the protection of minorities to which Turkey was a party. Folk practices Edit Many folk practices may be identified, though few of them are specific to the Alevis.

They are demanding that the state recognize Alevism as an official Islamic community equal to, but different from, Sunnism. Every year, during the anniversary of the massacre, various Alevi organizations call for the arrest of those responsible. Having thus practically become non-religious Alevi movements, they could not help but taking part in the debates on Alevi identity. There were, however, individual police officers who did make efforts to save people. The events in Sivas and Gazi reinforced and radicalised the Alevi revival.

The military did not treat the extreme right with anything like the severity that they reserved for leftists and Kurds. They had at best a partial success. This ethnography is the first on Alevi women in Turkey and argues that Alevi identity is complex, diverse and rich in its theory and practice.