Domesticity: Turkey
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After the foundation of the republic in 1923, Turkey went through an immense and profound process of modernization, which in the Turkish case meant the adoption of Western social, cultural, and economic structures and the abolition of traditional institutions. As part of this grand project, the Kemalist reforms were initiated, which radically affected the status of women. Such reforms included the introduction of a secular Civil Code that banned polygamy and granted women enhanced property right…

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Toktaş, Şule, “Domesticity: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2009

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