By Richard G. Hovannisian
The UCLA convention sequence «Historic Armenian towns and Provinces» has been equipped to discover the ancient, political, cultural, non secular, social, and monetary legacy of a humans rooted at the Armenian Plateau for 3 millennia. Armenian Van/Vaspurakan is the 1st of the convention lawsuits to be released, in view of the truth that the realm round Lake Van is the cradle of Armenian civilization.
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This acknowledged, it can hardly be denied that the modern concept of Alevism created a new knowledge about these groups. This new knowledge became hegemonic in both popular and academic discourses and was also accepted over time by many Kızılbaş-Alevis. Possibly, broader realization of the history of the concept and its manipulation by Turkish nationalist discourse might contribute to an empowerment of the Alevis against hegemonic nationalist and Sunni-Islamic normativities. Challenging the latter, it might even make some Alevis recast their historical narratives and reinterpret their culture and religious traditions.
Küçük (2002, 902); Karakaya-Stump (2004, 331); Massicard (2007, 42–45); Dinçer (2009, 135); Azak (2010, 142–143); Markussen (2012, 138–141). 24 writing religion that are, I would hold, of larger interest to the critical study of Islam, and religious studies more broadly. The book is divided into two parts. Part I, “Missionaries, Nationalists, and the Kızılbaş-Alevis,” traces the roots of the modern concept of Alevism and the various politics through which this concept was fermented. At the center of this investigation is the signiﬁcation process through which the modern concept of Alevism evolved between the 1850s and the 1930s.
The subject of this study is ultimately not Alevism as such, but the politics of religion and nationalism that have contributed to the meanings that were associated with Alevism in the 20th century. The Alevi case provides us with an example of a rather comprehensive reinterpretation of a religious tradition within the political project of nation-building. It should, though, be clearly understood that the forces that were unleashed by the project of nation-building, as well as the aﬃliated project of top down secularization impacted not only on the Alevis and are part of broader transformations usually discussed under the term modernization.