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A political history of Bektashism from Ottoman Anatolia to contemporary Turkey

Doja, A.; (2006) A political history of Bektashism from Ottoman Anatolia to contemporary Turkey. Journal of Church and State , 48 (2) pp. 423-450. Green open access

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Abstract

Heterodox mystics and heretics of any kind become sometimes dangerous and other times reliable, depending on political situations, as was the case with the Bektashis. The system of beliefs and practices related to Bektashism seems have corresponded to a kind of liberation theology, whereas the structure of Bektashi groups corresponded more or less to the type of religious organisation conventionally known as charismatic groups. It becomes understandable therefore that their spiritual tendency could at times connect with and meet social, cultural and national perspectives. In turn, when members of the previously persecuted religious minority will acquire a degree of religious and political respectability within society at large, the doctrines of heterodoxy and liberation theology fade into the background. In the end, the heirs of the heterodox promoters of spiritual reform and social movement turn into followers and faithful defenders of a legitimate authority. They become the spokespeople for an institutionalized orthodoxy whose support is sought by the political regime.

Type: Article
Title: A political history of Bektashism from Ottoman Anatolia to contemporary Turkey
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.baylor.edu/church_state/index.php?id=40...
Language: English
Additional information: Abstract kindly provided by author. The Journal is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the J. M. Dawson Institute of Church-State Studies. Doja, A. (2006) A political history of Bektashism from Ottoman Anatolia to contemporary Turkey. Journal of Church and State, 48 (2). pp. 423-450. ISSN 0021969X is reproduced here by permission of Oxford University Press.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/16529
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