The Turkish State and Alevis: Changing Parameters of an Uneasy Relationship

  title={The Turkish State and Alevis: Changing Parameters of an Uneasy Relationship},
  author={Bedriye Poyraz},
The Alevis constitute the second largest religious community (next to the Sunnis) in Turkey, and number some 15 million people, equal to approximately 25 per cent (Alevis claim 30-40 per cent) of the country's total population. The vast majority of Alevis are ethnic and linguistic Turks, although about 20 per cent of Alevis are Kurds, equal to about 25 per cent of the total Kurdish population of Turkey.' There exists no accurate information or consensus on the number of Alevis present in… CONTINUE READING

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