Turkey’s Alevis Hope Erdogan Will Soften His Stance - as He Has Pledged

In next year’s presidential vote, it’s not yet clear if the minority sect will side with Recep Tayyip Erdogan or incumbent Abdullah Gul.

A PR man with links to Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party was recently asked whom he’d want his daughter to marry, an Alevi or a Kurd. He replied that he preferred a “real Turk.” Pressed to give a straight answer, he said he preferred a Kurd because at least the Kurds were Sunnis, whereas the Alevis were “heretics.”