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Adoption and Fostering: Turkey
(980 words)

Ancient Turkic tribes had different motives and practices regarding adoption. Among Yakut Turks adoption was made for humane reasons, while wealthier Uygur Turks utilized it for servitude and slavery. But whatever the purpose was, the adopted child's rights of inheritance were equal to those of biological children and the prohibition of marriage with family members was equally applied to them. Only men had the right to adopt children, and they could adopt both sexes.

The custom of adoption existed in Arabian communities until the revelation of the Qurʾānic verse sayin…

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Özbay, Ferhunde, “Adoption and Fostering: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0064d>
First published online: 2009

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