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Alevi Geography

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It is a historical fact that Alevi settlements are con-centrated more in remote mountainous areas in contrast to Sunni communities generally settled

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Martyrdom in Alevism

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Alevis understand their historical origin with the saying ‘allegiance with the oppressed (mazlum)’ and ‘standing up to the tyrant (zalim)’. They seal

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Alevi Cosmology

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Alevi cosmology understands the relation between god, the cosmos and humanity as a unity. Hallacı Mansur explains this philosophy as follows,“There is

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What is Alevism?

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Alevism: Alevis are the second largest belief community in Turkey. However language, belief and eth-nic background are not registered in the national

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Enfield Town Crossing

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British Alevi Federations representative Hasan Bölücek’s design for the crossing in Entield Town is inspired by his Alevi cultural heritage ‘We Alevis

Alevi Geography

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It is a historical fact that Alevi settlements are con-centrated more in remote mountainous areas in contrast to Sunni communities generally settled

Alevi Geography

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It is a historical fact that Alevi settlements are con-centrated more in remote mountainous areas in contrast to Sunni communities generally settled in plain and flat regions while usually dominating town and city centres. This social and geographical isolation is an obvious result of the confrontations between Alevis and Sunnis and centuries old oppression applied

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Martyrdom in Alevism

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Alevis understand their historical origin with the saying ‘allegiance with the oppressed (mazlum)’ and ‘standing up to the tyrant (zalim)’. They seal their destiny in allegiance with Ali. His right to claim the caliphate was overruled by his political powerful rivals. Then, his two sons, Hasan and Hussein, were killed in their search for justice.

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Virtuous Personalities in Alevism – Poets and other important figures

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Given the fact that poetry and music have indispensable significance in Alevi culture and spirituality, it is understandable that most of the virtuous personalities in Alevism are poets. In fact, Alevis specifically revere seven poets as their ‘grand poets’ or Ulu Ozanlar.These are: Seyyid Nesimi (14th century), Yemini (15th century), Pir Sultan Abdal, Virani, Kul

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Rites and Ceremonies

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It is a universal fact that all communities have their own faith practices and calendars origi-nating from their particular cosmology. Ayn-i Cem (the ritual of gathering) is the main ritual in Alevism. This special ritual is mod-elled on a mystical event, the Assembly of the Forty Beings (Kırklar Cemi), which includes 17 women and 23

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