Friday, January 05, 2007

The Alevis of Turkey

Good article that tells more about the Alevi Muslims of Turkey:

"Here, there is no imam, minaret or call to prayer. But for an estimated 20 percent of Turkey's 71 million people, this is Islam.

worshippers are Alevis, followers of a tradition rooted in the beliefs
of the Shiite branch of Islam - but which diverges greatly from Shiite
majorities in neighboring Iran and Iraq. The Alevis incorporate
shamanistic rites such as singing, ritual chanting and dance, and shun
many customary Islamic practices, including the separation of men and
women in prayer and the hajj pilgrimage to Mecca."

Religion in the News -

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