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Alevi Communities In Western Europe: Identity And Religious Strategies

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The aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of the Alevi phenomenon in Western Europe. Since most Alevis in Europe live in Germany, and since most studies on Alevis in Europe deal with the situation there, Germany inevitably dominates the chapter. The first part analyses the settlement of Alevis in Western European countries and the main trends and dynamics of the revival since the late 1980s. The second part studies the ways in which Alevist organisations' strategies for institutionalisation and recognition differ in the various places where they have settled, these strategies being strongly linked to the opportunities available. As a result, divergent identities are claimed in different places. The last part deals with the difficulties of transnationalising identity and recognition strategies on various scales, including the European scale.

Keywords: Alevis; western Europe



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