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Representations: Proverbs, Adages, and Riddles: Turkey and the Caucasus
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Although there is an extensive corpus of Turkish proverbs, riddles, adages, and other poetic forms collected and published since the end of eighteenth century, a thorough analysis that focuses on women and gender is lacking. The research of those who published work on the images of women in proverbs does not show a scholarly quality and expresses strong national sentiments (Birkalan 2002). In modern Turkish, the word for proverb is atasözü, which refers to words of male sages, or the ancestors; in Ottoman Turkish it is darb-ı mesel (pl. dürub-ı emsal (Boratav 1965).

Proverbs not only re…

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Birkalan-Gedik, Hande A., “Representations: Proverbs, Adages, and Riddles: Turkey and the Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0635f>
First published online: 2009

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