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Your Information on Alevism is devious and misconstrued

Reader comment on item: Alevi Identity: Cultural, Religious and Social Perspectives

Submitted by Veyis Haydardedeoglu (Australia), Nov 29, 2007 at 19:18

As an Alevi decent, I found the context of your website is quite insulling to the scholars at large and Alevis in general. To correct the historical mistakes on your website, I invite you to explore my website www.alevilik.com.au from downunder Australia.

It is with no doubt that the Alevi philosophy was introduced to so-called Asia Minor in today's Anatolia early 12th century. This philosophy was later transmitted into the Eastern Europe e.g. Macedonia, Albania, Greece in the mid 16th century through freethinking Turcoman Dervishes under the guidance of Ahmet Yesevi's "Mysteries of Divinity" (Divani Hikmet) . This was regarded by a greater majority as a "Spoken Koran" rather than the centuries old "Written Koran".

Mysteries of Divinity have been pioneered by Haci Bektash, the scholar and freethinker into today's modern Turkey in the early 12th century. In essence, this philosophy was fundamentally inspired from mediaeval ages of King Suleiman thus interpreted into the living tribes of Turks for many years. The influence of matured Turkic belief namely Shamanism have been manifested throughout the years also enthused from other beliefs such as Buddhism, Hindu, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and ultimately bearing a new harmonized belief called "Mysteries of Divinity" . As regarded by many intellectuals that Mysteries of Divinity is homogeneous and heterodoxy in belief endowing tolerance and benevolence in its fundamentals, honesty an sincerity to mankind, universal love and peace and science and knowledge as the prime source of synergy.

For your information, in Alevi Order the women are considered as devine. Your should base your findings on academia rather than hearsay.


Veyis Haydardedeoglu/ Melbourne-Australia.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I regret you found this review insulting. As should be evident from it, I do not claim to know the subject but have summarized some of the main points of the book under review. Therefore, your argument is with its editors and contributors, not me. To put it differently, my findings are precisely based on academia, not hearsay.

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