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Family: Modern Islamic Discourses: Turkey and the Caucasus
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Throughout history, the family has been considered the backbone of Turkish and Caucasian societies, and its importance was reinforced by religion. Among the Turkish societies of the region, the family is seen as sacred and protected by God, and women are regarded as such an integral part of the family that the Turkish word for family, aile , is sometimes used to refer to a wife. However, the position of women in the family and society varies greatly and may seem both emancipatory and restrictive, as it has historically been the target of both progress…

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Imamoğlu, E. Olcay, “Family: Modern Islamic Discourses: Turkey and the Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0079d>
First published online: 2009

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