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Ayverdi, Samiha
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Samiha (Sāmiḥa) Ayverdi was a Turkish novelist, essayist, autobiographical writer, and literary scholar. In contrast to the laicist and populist outlook of the early Republican period, her works demonstrate a religious (Islamic mysticist) and conservative-elitist attitude towards Turkey and its history. Born in 1905 into a family that was part of the Ottoman state’s elite, Samiha Ayverdi grew up in a konak (traditional Ottoman wooden mansion) in the Istanbul quarter of Şehzadebaşı, where, during her childhood years, she witnessed first-hand the radical so…

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Sagaster, Börte, “Ayverdi, Samiha”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_27650>
First published online: 2016
First print edition: 9789004305762, 2016, 2016-3

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