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Muslim Political Participation in Europe$
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Jorgen S. Nielsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646944

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.001.0001

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The Alevi quest in Europe through the redefinition of the Alevi movement: recognition and political participation, a case study of the Fuaf in France

The Alevi quest in Europe through the redefinition of the Alevi movement: recognition and political participation, a case study of the Fuaf in France

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(p.255) Chapter 13 The Alevi quest in Europe through the redefinition of the Alevi movement: recognition and political participation, a case study of the Fuaf in France
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Muslim Political Participation in Europe
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Deniz Koşulu

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.003.0013

A very particular community identity is that of the Alevis, one of the lesser known Muslim immigrant communities in Europe with a deep syncretic tradition in central and eastern Anatolia. This chapter shows that the political marginalisation of the community in the Turkish republic since the collapse of the Ottoman empire has created the foundation for a renewal and a degree of re-invention, as Turkish official restraints have been withdrawn in recent decades, and émigré communities in western Europe have taken advantage of the greater space for maneouvre which the political environments there afford. With a focus on France this chapter discusses how different strategies are being tested both internally within the community and externally in relation to the authorities with a view to maximising the political and other benefits perceived to be available. Through the redefinition of Alevi movement, the chapter argues that today one of the main objectives of the European Alevi leaders is to transform Alevi meaning-making processes which frame the claims and the movement itself; and that the Alevi politicisation in Europe is still closely tied to the Turkish political field.

Keywords:   Alevis, France, identity, politicisation, claim, redefinition, meaning-making, strategies, political environment

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