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Identity Politics: Turkey
(1,152 words)

Images of women have played a central role in Turkey's national project since the creation of a secularist republic in 1923. “Turkish” identity emerged from the process of nation-building that was associated with the transition from the Ottoman Empire, with its ties to Arabic and Persian Islamic culture, to the Republic of Turkey, which looked to Turkic roots and modern secularism as sources of identity. “Turkishness” was retrieved from folk culture (Mardin 2002) to become the vehicle of “modern…

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Ewing, Katherine Pratt, “Identity Politics: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0092d>
First published online: 2009

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