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Cities: Urban Identities: Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey
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Istanbul, a port city and once the Ottoman imperial seat, had a human tapestry that was multiethnic, multiconfessional, and polyglot with nearly one million inhabitants by the late nineteenth century. The status of Istanbul shifted with the establishment of the Turkish Republic (1923), dislocating the city as the political center – although it retained a cultural and economic vibrancy. In the 1920s and 1930s, during a period of political and economic transition, women's bodies became a central …

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Woodale, G. Carole, “Cities: Urban Identities: Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0216d>
First published online: 2009



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