Book launch of ‘Alevis in Europe: voices of migration, culture and identity’

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Tuesday, 11 October 2016 from 18:30 to 21:00 (BST)
London, United Kingdom

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Who are the Alevis? They constitute the largest minority in Turkey and are variously defined as a religious community, specified as simply Islamic, as heterodox, or even as a non-Islamic community.  Other perspectives see the Alevis as a cultural community or as an ethnic group.

On Tuesday 11 October from 6.30pm in London Metropolitan University’s Henry Thomas Room, join us to celebrate the launch of Tozun Issa’s posthumous publication, ‘Alevis in Europe: Voices of Migration, Culture and Identity”.

This book embeds such narratives of the emerging identity of the Alevis in their diaspora in a number of European countries.  Drawing upon existing literature on the Alevis in Turkey and Germany, it extends the current debate on identity politics of the Alevis by offering voices within the Alevi communities in Turkey and Europe.  In doing so, it brings together diverse Alevi claims of recognition in local, national and translational levels into perspective.  This book also contributes to current debates in Europe around European identity and notions of post-national citizenship.

The first work in English which explores Alevi communities in Europe through the lens of the Alevi researchers, the book will be of interest to academics and community activitists and to those researching with or from the Alevi communities in Europe as well as Turkey.

The programme:

  • 6.30pm: Refreshments served
  • 7.00pm: Opening address by chair Professor John Raftery, London Metropolitan University’s Vice Chancellor, followed by the main address by Emeritus Professor John Gabriel.  Also speaking will be Professor Alistair Ross, who coordinated the final stages of the editing process following Tozun’s death.

otes about the book:

  • Published by Routledge in their ‘Advances in Sociology’ series
  • Normally retails for £95.  A 20% discount voucher will be made available at the launch.
  • Pre-ordered copies are available at a very special discount price of £50.  Copies will be available on the evening on a strictly pre-order, cash only basis.  We regret we will be unable to accept cheques or card payments. To pre-order your copy, please email Professor Ross at before 23 September, with ‘Alevi book offer’ in the subject header of your email.