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The Kizilbash-Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics and Community

Ayfer Karakaya-Stump


The Kizilbash were at once key players in and the foremost victims of the Ottoman-Safavid conflict that defined the early modern Middle East today. Today referred to as Alevis, they constitute the second largest faith community in modern Turkey, making up around fifteen percent of the country’s population, with smaller pockets of related groups in the Balkans. Historians have typically treated Kizilbashism/Alevism as an undifferentiated strain within the hazy category of “heterodox folk Islam.” Several aspects of their history therefore remain little understood or explored. This first comprehe ... More

Keywords: Kizilbash, Qizilbash, Alevi, Bektashi, Wafaʾi Sufi order, heresy in Islam, popular Islam in Anatolia, Fuad Köprülü, Ottoman-Safavid conflict, Ottoman Iraq

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474432689
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474432689.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ayfer Karakaya-Stump, author
The College of William and Mary