Haci Bektaş-i Vali, Alevis the Qezelbaşi and the Saffavids
Haci Bektaş-i Vali
Yeah, so pparently Alevis used to be called Qizilbaşı. İ read about the Qezelbaş when looking into the history of İran. They were based in Ardabil and allied with Sayk Safi Od-Din and Esmail and conquered the Timurid-Seljuk Persian Empire giving rise to the Safavid Dynasty under Shah Abbas. So there is a strong Bektaşi mystical influence in İranian culture too. And we will be in Ardabil in a couple of weeks time. İm looking forward to Ardabil even more now.