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Marriage Practices: Turkey
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Forming unions

Marriage in both urban and rural areas is conceptualized as a condition of social adulthood and as an alliance between households, and not only a bond between individuals. Marriages are formed in ritualized stages, which can take place over years. The first, söz kesmek, a promise ceremony, is an informal agreement that is followed by a more tightly drawn nişan or engagement. A civil marriage or resmi nikahı follows. In villages, a düğün or wedding feast consists of two separate celebrations, involvi…

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Hart, Kimberly, “Marriage Practices: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0183h>
First published online: 2009

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