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Turkey has made exceptional gains in the last decade; however, these are overshadowed by the country’s low rankings in global gender indexes. One reason behind this fact is the exclusion of headscarved women from the public sphere. As development in Turkey is commonly measured by the degree of  Western resemblance, headscarved women are marked as a “problem” and correspondingly subjected to different treatment, avowedly based on the concept of modernity. As long as the women in Turkey are subjected to different treatment contingent on their choice of dress, debates over the headscarf, or “türban”, becloud genuine problems of women and ultimately delay concrete solutions.
 
 
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Fatma Benli
Fatma Benli
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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