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Religious Diversity And The Alevi Struggle For Equality In Turkey
(2017)
  • Alev Dudek
Abstract
Turkey is a country with diverse beliefs. Its religious diversity, however, is neither acknowledged nor appreciated. Instead, the country is portrayed to be homogenous, with a 99.8% Islamic population, a number that is rather more determined by the compulsory note (“Islam”) in government-issued identification documents and the historic effort to suppress diversity than by the actual status-quo of religious beliefs in the country.

Though in rather low numbers, Turkey’s population includes Christians, Jews, Greek Orthodox and other diverse religions. There is also an increasing number of progressive Turks who are agnostic, deities or atheists. However, the main religious group outside of Sunni Islam is the Alevi, a group that makes up an estimated 15-25% of the population. Alevis are also the religious group that Turkey has had the longest-lasting “struggles” with, struggles that continue to-date, as the current government continues to deny the group equal rights.

Publication Date
Winter February 10, 2017
Citation Information
Alev Dudek. "Religious Diversity And The Alevi Struggle For Equality In Turkey" (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alev_akbulut/24/