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Freedom of Expression: Turkey
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Turkish women enjoy a broad array of constitutionally guaranteed rights that remain largely unparalleled in the rest of the Muslim world. Turkey's drive to become a full member of the European Union (EU) has added great impetus to democratization in general and to the expansion of free expression in particular. Yet, Turkey's rigidly pro-secular policies, while enabling women to compete with men professionally and socially, have also restricted free religious expression of openly pious women.

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Zaman, Amberin, “Freedom of Expression: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0081e>
First published online: 2009

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