New Column: Alevis in the Balance
I have a new column on the Alevis in Turkey out today. I spent a lot of time of this story and got a lot of help from some great people (SS, IK, and AY) and went all around: Hajibektas festival and cemevis in Istanbul, and talked to Alevis from all walks of life. I even spent some time with the Nosairis in Hatay/Iskenderun trying to see if they have roots in common with Alevis. And yet, I still walked away with more questions than answers. The column attempts to present some of what I've concluded about the Alevis as well as an explanation as to why they are relevant to Turkey's future.