The faith of reincarnation in alevis/Bektashis from sociological perspective Sosyolojik açidan alevi/Bektaşilerde tenasüh inanci

Güngör Ö., Aksoy E.

Turk Kulturu ve Haci Bektas Veli - Arastirma Dergisi, vol.62, pp.249-270, 2012 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 62
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: Turk Kulturu ve Haci Bektas Veli - Arastirma Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.249-270
  • Keywords: Alewism/Bektashism, Karaşar's alevis, Reincarnation, The belief of judgement
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: Yes


There is reincarnation belief which is rebirth of souls after death in new bodies in the historic Alewi sources, scientific studies and some of today's Alewi authors' thought as a theoretical expression of religious experience. Despite this belief is from eastern origin (Hinduism) and the divine religions refuse this faith, there is in Alewi tradition which is one of Islamic mysticism school, but it is not single dimension in Alewism/Bektashism. In our study, we find out four perspectives from sources of the sociological studies especially Karaşar region's understanding, historical documents and some of Alewi writers ideas about reencarnation in Alewi/Bektash's faith. We will discuss in our paper from these points; materialist point of view, reconciliatory approach, the essential Islamic view and surface understanding. We determined that believing to Hereafter is an important factor in whether or not accept to faith of reencarnation. Accordingly, to believe reencarnation is closely related to faith of Judgement day from the Islamic perspective.