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Body: Female: Turkey, Central Asia, and the Caucasus
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The female body, construed through practices, disciplines, and discourses, is framed within patriarchal, male, and nationalist discourses, and could be an area of political battleground. The disciplining of the body can pertain to issues of women's sexuality, including health and reproductive rights, as well as aesthetics and beauty (Gürsoy 1996, Parla 2001). The female body is equated with national conceptualizations such as “motherland” (Birkalan 2001) and stands as an eternal symbol for house…

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Birkalan-Gedik, Hande A., “Body: Female: Turkey, Central Asia, and the Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0159g>
First published online: 2009

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