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Courtship: Turkey
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This entry aims to describe gender issues and concern related to premarital relationships and marriage in Turkey, a modernizing Muslim country. Marriage based on Western style courtship is a relatively recent phenomenon on the Turkish scene. Traditionally, marriage was a union between families, and mothers and other women served as intermediaries in the search for appropriate spouses. Love and romance as an avenue leading to marriage was introduced in Turkey during the latter part of the nineteenth century as part of the moderni…

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Hortaçsu, Nuran, “Courtship: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0165e>
First published online: 2009

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