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Arts: Film Directors and Film Stars: Turkey
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Film was introduced in Turkey by Westernized urban bourgeois intellectuals in cities such as Istanbul and Izmir. Many of them were educated at foreign private secondary schools in Turkey, but most of them were educated in the traditional Muslim curriculum as well. Muslim urban middle-class women were also educated, but they were not supposed to work outside the home. Especially a career in theater or film was not seen as appro-priate for an honorable Muslim woman of this social class. Actresses were seen as similar to prostitutes.

In urban Turkey at the end of the nineteenth centu…

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de Bruijn, Petra, “Arts: Film Directors and Film Stars: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0290f>
First published online: 2009

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