As Turkey’s government mulls a fresh ‘Alevi opening,’ author Markus Dressler discusses his book on how the modern concept of Alevism was formed little over a century ago
Category: FOLDED CORNER
FOLDED CORNER - ‘Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam’ by Markus Dressler (Oxford University Press, 345 pages, $69)
Category: SERKAN DEMİRTAŞ
It has been nearly three weeks since Turkey held elections that resulted in the landslide victory of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government
Having almost completed its planned legislative program before officially taking over as the newly elected 64th government of Turkey, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is expected to prioritize a fresh “Alevi opening” to address the status and rights of Alevi citizens
The funeral ceremony of a Turkish woman, who died a week after she was shot and severely wounded in a police operation in Istanbul, has been held at a cemevi in Istanbul’s Sarıyer district
Diyarbakır Association head Tahir Elçi, who was detained late on Oct. 19 for recent remarks that “the PKK is not a terror organization,” was released on probation on Oct. 20.
An international environment hostile to Turkey due to its policies defying global and regional powers as well as a polarized domestic situation made the country vulnerable to effective terrorism acts, says Professor Atilla Sandıklı, the head of BİLGESAM, an İstanbul based security think tank.
Anti-Semitism has risen in recent years in Turkey, a U.S. State Department report has said, adding that the Turkish government has continued to discriminate against its non-Sunni Muslim citizens
Category: SEMİH İDİZ
Turkey has never been as deeply divided as it is today.
The Charity Commission for England and Wales has accepted the British Alevi Foundation (BAF), an umbrella body of 12 Alevi centers in the United Kingdom, as a religious charity, giving the community a legal recognition that is denied to it in Turkey.
The Justice and Development Party (AKP) has announced its manifesto for the Nov. 1 elections, keeping promises to focus on a new constitution and a presidential system together with bold and assertive pledges on the economy.
Category: ÖZGÜR KORKMAZ
One of the priorities over the 13-year rule of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been raising “pious generations,” meaning the country’s education system has been a special target for the party, and its de facto leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Turkey’s education system continues to discriminate against ethnic and religious minorities, reinforcing an exclusionist definition of “Turkishness,” a joint report by the History Foundation and the Turkey branch of the Minority Rights Group has stated
Category: VERDA ÖZER
We are in the middle of one of the most contradictory moments in history. Two currents are flowing in opposite directions and pulling nation-states at both ends.
Category: EMRE KIZILKAYA
Political parties in Turkey have announced their MP candidates for the crucial Nov. 1 election, providing a number of hints for observers who are wondering whether the outcome will be dramatically different than the June 7 polls.
Volkan Ertit, an academic popularly known for his books ‘Secularism’ and ‘The Age of Concerned Conservatives,’ argues that Turkish people are becoming less pious
Category: FARUK BİLDİRİCİ
No piece of news, no title of a story can be the justification for attacking and vandalizing a newspaper office, with chants of “We will torch you like Madımak.” (Madımak is a hotel in the eastern province of Sivas where 35 mostly Alevi intellectuals were burnt to death by an ultraconservative mob in 1993.)
Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş has become the first AKP official to condemn consecutive violent attacks targeting daily Hürriyet, describing them as “very awful.”
Category: BARÇIN YİNANÇ
Turkey’s human rights record has never been a bright one. Especially in the 1980’s and 1990’s when Turkey entered a spiral of violence due to the Kurdish issue, human rights violations became a major and shameful headache for Turks
The 54th International Poetry Evenings event in Struga, Macedonia, has hosted three poets from Turkey, along with 44 poets from 29 different countries.
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