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Transmission Processes of Religious Knowledge and Ritual Practice in Alevism between Innovation and Reconstruction

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Edited By Johannes Zimmermann, Janina Karolewski and Robert Langer

This volume examines transmission processes of Alevi religious knowledge and ritual practice in the last decades. It assembles contributions by researchers from Germany, Great Britain, and Turkey. They focus on the question how religious knowledge and ritual practice are constantly (re-)negotiated and (re-)distributed in Alevism and, as a comparison, in Yezidism. These processes are discussed in regard to the conditions of social and cultural change, transnational migration, and globalised communication. In doing so, the contributions to this volume follow different approaches and discuss fundamental methodological issues.

Knowledge transmission in Alevism – Ritual practice – Written tradition – Oral lore – Scripturalisation – Memory and commemoration – Manuscripts – New media – Mimetics and imitation – Poet-minstrels – Gender roles – Transnational space – Yezidism.