Kurdish Studies Vol 8 No 1 Special Issue: Alevi Kurds: History, Politics and Identity

A new special issue of Kurdish Studies guest edited by Umit Cetin, Celia Jenkins and Suavi Aydin has been published.

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Kurdish Studies journal is an interdisciplinary and peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing high quality research and scholarship. The journal aims to revitalize and reorient research, scholarship and debates in the field of Kurdish studies in a multidisciplinary fashion covering a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, economics, history, society, gender, minorities, politics, health, law, environment, language, media, culture, arts, and education.

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  • EDITORIAL: Alevi Kurds: History, Politics and Identity by Umit Cetin, Celia Jenkins, and Suavi Aydın
  • Politics and Identity in Alevi Kurds: An Interview with Martin van Bruinessen by Umit Cetin, Celia Jenkins, and Suavi Aydın
  • A Survey of the Roots and History of Kurdish Alevism: What are the Divergences and Convergences between Kurdish Alevi Groups inTurkey? by Suavi Aydın
  • Reflections on the 19th Century Missionary Reports as Sources for the History of the (Kurdish) Kizilbash by Ayfer Karakaya-Stump
  • Political Representation of Alevi Kurds in Turkey: Historical Trends and Main Transformations by Cengiz Gunes
  • The Struggle to Make Diaspora Alevis Companion with Working Class: Alevism in Kavga / Kervan Magazine by Tuncay Bilecen
  • Diasporic Homeland, Rise of Identity and New Traditionalism: The Case of the British Alevi Festival by Cemal Salman
  • Language Attitudes and Religion: Kurdish Alevis in the UK by Birgul Yilmaz
  • “Aspirational Capital” and Transformations in First-Generation Alevi-Kurdish Parents’ Involvement with Their Children’s Education in the UK by Celia Jenkins
  • Unregulated Desires: Anomie, the “Rainbow Underclass” and Second-Generation Alevi Kurdish Gangs in London by Umit Cetin
  • Book Reviews