Politics and Identity in Alevi Kurds: An interview with Martin van Bruinessen

Authors

  • Umit Cetin University of Westminster
  • Celia Jenkins University of Westminster
  • Suavi AYDIN Hacettepe University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33182/ks.v8i1.560

Keywords:

Alevis, Alevism, Alevi movements, Alevi politics, Alevi studies

Abstract

This interview with Martin van Bruinessen records his personal and intellectual engagement with Alevis in Turkey and the Netherlands for over fifty years. Initially, his interest was in Anatolian Alevi culture and he began exploring the religious dimension of Alevism in the 1970s at a time when Alevis were more preoccupied with left-wing politics. He charts the emergence of Alevism studies since the 1980s and links it to the religious resurgence and reinvention of diverse ethno-religious Alevi identities associated with urbanised and diasporic communities. He further examines the relationship between Kurdish and Alevi movements and Alevism and Islam.

Published

2020-05-24

How to Cite

Cetin, U. ., Jenkins , C. ., & AYDIN, S. (2020). Politics and Identity in Alevi Kurds: An interview with Martin van Bruinessen. Kurdish Studies, 8(1), 7-15. https://doi.org/10.33182/ks.v8i1.560