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Diversity in religion: Alevi belief in Turkey

Diversity in religion: Alevi belief in Turkey
Key Info
  • Diversity in religion: Alevi belief in Turkey
  • Duration: 03:49
  • The little-known Alevi faith in Turkey gathering for worship. Presenter Reverend Peter Owen-Jones finds out about the 20 million members of the Alevi faith in Turkey. A mixture of pre-Islamic folk religion with some features from Shia Islam and from Christianity, this group is little known even within Turkey. We see a worship service as men and women gather together in a house, and hear from a young woman about the difficulty of admitting to her faith openly. We also observe the meditative 'Dance of the Crane.'
  • Subject:

    Religious Education


    Beliefs: Multifaith and Non-religious

  • Keywords: Alevi, faith, prayer, worship, belief, oral tradition, community, Islam, Shia, dance, Peter Owen Jones, Turkey
Ideas for use in class
  • Older students might look at this as they consider the diversity of religions and how some faiths grow out of others. They could identify four reasons why people would maintain their commitment to this group, even when surrounded by suspicion or even hostility. What benefits do people gain from such religious communities?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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