The Alevi Diaspora – Its emergence as a political actor and its impact on the homeland

Zeynep Arslan

Abstract

Through comparative literature research and qualitative analysis, this article considers the development of Alevi identity and political agency among the diaspora living in a European democratic context. This affects the Alevi emergence as political actors in Turkey, where they have no official recognition as a distinct religious identity. New questions regarding their identity and their aspiration to be seen as a political actor confront this ethno-religious group defined by common historical trauma, displacement, massacre, and finally emigration.

Keywords

Eastern Anatolian Alevis; European (Anatolian) Alevis; Ethno-religious community; Democratization processes; Self-identification processes

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