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Honor: Turkey and the Caucasus
(1,545 words)

The initial formulations of the “honor and shame code,” which dominated the literature on social and sexual relations in the Mediterranean and the Middle East into the 1980s, held men's honor to be proportionally linked to women's chastity (Peristiany 1966). While the significance of honor as an index of personal and group prestige is still acknowledged, scholars have challenged the ways in which the honor/shame model obscured other relevant factors in the construction of honor beyond sexual pro…

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Parla, Ayşe, “Honor: Turkey and the Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0085c>
First published online: 2009

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