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In the mass movements that swept the Arab world, there were no specific demands for improving women’s status or gender equality under the law. However, the women who came out into the streets were hoping for and expecting an expansion, not a contraction, of their rights. They should learn and take heed   from the   experience of women in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which showed  that the most progressive laws can be set aside and ignored by lawmakers who do not believe that women’s rights are human rights.
 
 
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Haleh Esfandiari
Haleh Esfandiari
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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