January 2020, Ergon Verlag – #OrientInstitutIstanbul, Edited by Martin Greve, Ulaş Özdemir and Raoul Motika 

“This volume examines the aesthetic and performative dimensions of Alevi cultural heritage from past to present, in an interdisciplinary framework and using a wide range of approaches. The chapters analyse traditional, contemporary and transnational developments of Alevi cultural expression including modern adaptations, local and regional practices, Alevism in a wider context, textual sources and materiality. The perspectives of the various authors, including #RobertLanger#NicolasElias#SinibaldoDeRosa#JérômeCler#JudithHaug#JaninaKarolewski and others, each coming from different disciplines, demonstrate the complexity of socio-historical and socio-cultural dynamics. To conclude, the present volume is intended as a first approach to a complex issue, which definitely deserves further research and analysis.”

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Contents

Martin Greve, Ulaş Özdemir, Raoul Motika

Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………..  7

I. Ritual, Body and Aesthetic

Robert Langer

The Aesthetics of Contemporary Alevi Religious Practice: 

A Bodily-and-Material Cultures’ Approach …………………………………………….  11

Nicolas Elias

The Drinking Dervishes. 

An Enquiry into Ritual Inebriation in a Bektashi Congregation …………  33

Sinibaldo De Rosa

Movement and Adaptation of the Alevi Semah for the Stage: 

From Kardeşlik Töreni-Samah to ‘Biz’ …………………………………………………….  45

II. Ritual and Musical Performance

Jérôme Cler

The Life of a Ritual Repertoire and its Aesthetic: 

Cem Ceremonies in Tekke Köyü, the Village of Abdal Musa ………………..  65

Martin Greve

Miracles and Tears. Religious Music in Dersim/Tunceli …………………….  103

Ulaş Özdemir

With or Without Bağlama? 

A Religious Aesthetic Debate on ‘Music’ Performance in Funerals ….  133

III. Written Sources of Alevi Cultural Heritage

Judith I. Haug

ʿAlī Ufuḳī’s Notation Collections as Sources 

for ʿĀşıḳ Culture and Literature …………………………………………………………….  159

Janina Karolewski

The Materiality of Alevi Written Heritage: 

Beautiful Objects, Valuable Manuscripts, and Ordinary Books ………… 175

Contributors …………………………………………………………………………………………  213