Womanhood, dignity and faith - Reflections on an Islamic woman's life story


Ozdalga E.

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES, vol.4, no.4, pp.473-498, 1997 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 4 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/135050689700400405
  • Title of Journal : EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES
  • Page Numbers: pp.473-498

Abstract

Reveiling has been an important part of the Islamic revivalist movements of the last decades. In Turkey, where secularism has been part of the official state ideology since the 1920s, reveiling has caused deep controversies. This article deals with the socio-political context in which the conflict over veiling has been carried out, the legal aspects of veiling, and how veiling and the controversy around this Islamic practice has been experienced by young veiling women themselves. In order to Throw light on the strong idealism involved in many young women's commitment, the significance of Tack London's novel Martin Eden for the women depicted in this article is also discussed.