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Stoyanov, Yuri (2010) 'Early and recent formulations of theories for a formative Christian heterodox impact on Alevism.' British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 37 (3). pp. 261-272.

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Amongst the multitude of attempts to re-examine the heritage, history and textual basis of the Alevi tradition, one particular issue remains of importance; the putative relationship between Alevi and Christian groups in the Balkans and Anatolia. In particular, one claim may be heard: that indigenous Christian sectarian communities such as the Paulicians and Bogomils may have converted to Islam via the Bektashis. This essay examines the evidence for such claims, which are often based on the spurious use of cultural motifs or even fabricated documents, and suggests that they are indeed not yet substantiated.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Alevism, Bektashism, Islamic Heterodoxy, Christian Heresy, Ottoman Religious History, Islamic-Christian Syncretism, Heresiology, History of Ottoman Scholarship, Balkan Studies
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BX Christian Denominations
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
D History General and Old World > DF Greece
D History General and Old World > DJK Eastern Europe (General)
D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GR Folklore
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HS Societies secret benevolent etc
P Language and Literature > PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic
P Language and Literature > PK Indo-Iranian languages and literatures
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
D History General and Old World
H Social Sciences
P Language and Literature
ISSN: 13530194
Copyright Statement: This is the version of the article accepted for publication in British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 37 (3). pp. 261-272. published by Taylor and Francis. Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2023 10:16

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