GündoĞdu, Cengiz
June 2003
Ekev Academic Review;Summer2003, Vol. 7 Issue 16, p17
Academic Journal
This study discusses the usage of the concepts of ‘heterodoxy’ and ‘orthodoxy’ in defining the paradigm of Bektaşilik, one of the most significant formations in the Turkish cultural history, and its founder figure Hacι Bektaş Veli. In this context, it is emphasized that in order to understand this formation, it is necessary to see the ‘differences’ as a whole and to attempt at comprehending the long-term and vague processes with an analytic approach, instead of setting out with normative concepts and a categorical approach leading to the distinction of ‘black or white’. As a result, possibilities for establishing a framework beyond ‘doxies’ for Bektaşilik have been investigated.


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