Erdem C.

TURK KULTURU VE HACI BEKTAS VELI-ARASTIRMA DERGISI, sa.57, ss.245-257, 2011 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: Konu: 57
  • Basım Tarihi: 2011
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.245-257


Erkan-names are the texts originally documented by the leaders of the sect, and a set of rules and regulations practiced by the followers. The rules and rituals, first spread in oral custom, are transferred into systematic practices in these erkan-names. Thus, erkan-names can be considered as written narratives of religious sect rituals in oral tradition. This study is about one of those prominent erkan-names which belongs to Muhammet All Hilmi Dedebaba (1842-1907), head of the Bektashi Sect 23rd Babagan Branch. The old version of the erkan-name is first translated into Latin alphabet, and the Arabic parts of the text into modern Turkish. Then the terminology related to rites and rituals of the sect are closely evaluated. The common terms used in Bektashi tradition are found out through the analysis of other sources (erkan-names). The rituals and prays that regulate practices in and out of Cem-House in this erkan-name are ranked in order. It becomes clear that it is necessary for the prayers to reflect their love of Prophet Muhammad, Hz. Ali, twelve Imams and Ehlibeyt, and mention their names in the praying, as dictated in the erkan-name. Love of Hossein is also stated and even stressed in these rituals. Muhammet Ali Hilmi Dedebaba's erkan-name plays an important role in transferring the rites and rituals of the sect (and the slight changes in advance) to future generations, and it has a significant place among other erkan-names since the first one written by Balim Sultan. Since this is one of the recent written erkan-names, it also carries importance in understanding Bektashism and Alevism today.