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New Texts Out Now: Markus Dressler, Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam

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Markus Dressler, Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Markus Dressler (MD): I have been working on Alevism and religion in modern Turkey on and off for more than fifteen years. During this time, I became more and more interested in the way that contemporary discourses on Alevism are informed by modern ideologies, in particular nationalism and secularism. I ...

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Markus Dressler

 

Markus Dressler is an associate professor in the Department for Social Sciences and Humanities at Istanbul Technical University. He has published widely on modern Alevism and secularism. His research focuses on the sociology and politics of Islam in Turkey, nationalist Turkish historiography, and Sufism in the West, with special attention to the work of concepts in the study of religion and Islam. He is the author of Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam (Oxford, 2013), and co-editor, with Arvind Mandair, of Secularism and Religion-Making (Oxford, 2011).