||Introduction: sourcing Alevism between standard, 'canon', and plurality / Benjamin Weineck and Johannes Zimmermann -- Textual (re-)sources of Alevi history: literary foundations of the Alevi tradition: mainstream, canon, and orthodoxy / Riza Yildirim -- Defining Alevism via written texts: the example of the 'Alevi-Bektaşi Classics' / Doğan Kaplan -- Alevi cultural heritage and Bektaşi hagiographies / Mark Soileau -- Text and custom: culture, text and identity amongst the Alevis / David Shankland -- Musical practice(s) as performative sources: between debate and sources: defining Alevi music / Ulaş Özdemir -- Tu Temburî Ez Perde Me: religious music in and from Dersim/Tunceli today / Martin Greve -- (Beyond) canonised perspectives on Alevi history: broadening and homogenising the national body: Fuad Köprülü and the concept of Alevism -- Outside the circle? approaching Alevi history beyond the "Köprülü Paradigm" / Benjamin Weineck
||Over the last decades of the 20th century, Alevi identity, religion and culture have gained an increasingly public character in both Turjey and Western Europe. This book analyses the ongoing efforts of negotiating common cultural denominators and shared repertoires of texts, sources, practices, or musemes, which are to represent Alevism across its ethnic, social, political, and regional differences. Bringing together international contributions from a wide range of disciplines, such as Islamic and Religious Studies, Musicology, Anthropology, and Islaic Theology, this book foucsses on the processes of negotiating an Alevi 'Cultural Heritage' between standardisation and plurality--processes in which Alevis and non-Alevis, politics and scholarship partake--back cover.