A study on alevi humanism

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Turkey

Approval Date: 2020

Student: Betül Sürücü

Supervisor: BARIŞ PARKAN


The aim of this study is to discuss the connection between Alevism and Humanism with a detailed examination. The main question of the thesis is whether Alevism can be linked to Humanism or not. The concepts of humanism in the history of Alevism are analyzed in terms of human-centrism, mind, and the love of humanity, tolerance, respect and morality. Alevism, which is largely influenced by Haji Bektash Veli’s teachings, could open a door for Humanism and for the strength of this connection with Alevism; this door is examined and questioned. While Haji Bektashi Veli and his orders seem compatible with a human-centered philosophy not only for his century but also for today; it has some problematic aspects as well. And this thesis is written to reveal both the reasonable and problematic sides of the link between Alevism and Humanism. By the evaluation of different views, the similarities and differences between Alevism and Humanism are shown.