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Representations: Legends and Epics: Turkey
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Women are represented as much as men in both oral and written sources in Turkish folk literature. They are especially depicted in legends, romances and folktales – maybe the best creations in Turkish folk literature. Begining with Oğuz Kağan and the Dede Korkut legend, woman is represented not only as a woman but also as a family member mediating between women and men. She is also the mother and the lover.

Corresponding with three major periods in Turkish history, the representations of women can in general be classified in three different aspects. In the pre-Islamic period, Turkish s…

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Saritas, Süheyla, “Representations: Legends and Epics: Turkey”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0627f>
First published online: 2009

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