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The author presents an outline of the last two decades of the headscarf controversy in Turkey, from the perspective of a ‘religious feminist’. She questions not only the intentions of those who present the headscarf as a threat, but also the sincerity of the government in wanting women with headscarves to fully join public life. The author explains how the headscarf is not necessarily a part of package that includes different forms of degradation of women, as much as cases like Afghanista nnaturally make the world think otherwise. Almost 20 years ago, in the front yard of the Faculty of Theology of Ankara University, a group of young girls were on a hunger strike forthe first time in their lives, protesting the headscarf ban on students.They perceived the impasse as being rooted in the power struggle between the secular elites and religious people...Please click here to read the text in full.

 

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Hidayet Şefkatli Tuksal
Hidayet Şefkatli Tuksal
From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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