The relationship between orthodoxy and heterodoxy is conceptualised according to theological approaches in the context of the discussions of doctrinal origin. While orthodoxy is defined as a real and true belief and ritual, heterodoxy is seen as a concept used for classifying the heretic groups with different belief and rituals from the main religious tradition. This theological perspective brings about evaporation of the characteristic features of orthodoxy and heterodoxy which is related to networks of power and struggle. However, orthodoxy and heterodoxy are actors of these networks, which use the doctrinal legitimacy and share a dialectical relationship. The dialectical power relations between orthodoxy and heterodoxy are carried out by means of different strategies such as reports and legitimated by means of different beliefs and ideologies. This article aims to explore the dialectical power relations between orthodoxy and heterodoxy in the case of the Tahtaci report done by direction of the political authority in 1918. This report is analysed as a strategy which allows orthodoxy to control the network of power relations. Moreover, the strategic character of report is explained as a sign of dialectical power relations between orthodoxy and heterodoxy. Furthermore, data given in this report is seen as a historical data enable us to understand the social, cultural and religious life of the Tahtacı Kizilbash community.
Network of Power Relations, Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy, Kizilbash, Tahtaci