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Political-Social Movements: Feminist: Turkey
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The history of the Woman Question in Turkey goes back to the second half of the nineteenth century, a period marked by far-reaching Westernizing reforms that aimed at reinvigorating the declining Ottoman Empire. Women's issues emerged as the foremost battlefield for debates between modernizers and conservatives of the era, the former identifying women as the loci of Ottoman backwardness, and the latter condemning any major reforms in this arena as foreign encroachments on the cultural essence of Ottoman society. Initi…

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Karakaya-Stump, Ayfer, “Political-Social Movements: Feminist: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0129i>
First published online: 2009

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