Dünden Bugüne Sıla ile Gurbet Arasında Alevi Coğrafyası Üzerine

This article aims to discuss the possibility of employing the concept of "Alevi geography" as a contribution to studies on Alevism as well as transnationalism literature. In this article, I will be using three main sources: related geographical notes in some ethnographic researches on Asia Minor/Turkey conducted in the last century, published memoirs of Alevis who personally experienced the processes of internal and external migration since the 1960s and my own research on Alevis as a particular group among immigrants from Turkey to Europe in the same period. I will argue that having their own social organization based on a particular belief-culture, Alevis create and maintain a distinctive anthropogeography. This evolved from "ocak-based socio-spiritual trans-regional networks", which stayed invisible under the nation-building process of Turkey, into "association-based socio-political trans-national networks" in the process of international migration. To conclude this discussion, I will introduce a nearly forgotten vernacular concept I came across during my field research in Germany. I assume this concept "kırmančiya belekê" (the motley homeland) will be helpful for us to consider geographical imagination beyond methodological nationalism
Citation Formats
B. C. Zırh, “Dünden Bugüne Sıla ile Gurbet Arasında Alevi Coğrafyası Üzerine,” pp. 225–247, 2017, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/70654.