Women's Rights and Islam in Turkish Politics: The Civil Code Amendment
Arat, Yesim, The Middle East Journal
Literature on Turkey's 2001 civil code amendment, which expanded women's rights, is limited to reports on the code's achievements and failings. This article examines the parliamentary debates behind the amendment to shed light on the contemporary Islamist-secularist polarization in Turkey. It shows that women's rights are still a means to pursue the goals of secularist modernization. They shape the power struggle over what the role of religion in public life should be and what secularism should entail.
On November 22, 2001, the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TGNA) accepted the amendment of the Turkish civil code after almost 50 years of unsuccessful attempts.1 The new code …
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Publication information: Article title: Women's Rights and Islam in Turkish Politics: The Civil Code Amendment. Contributors: Arat, Yesim - Author. Journal title: The Middle East Journal. Volume: 64. Issue: 2 Publication date: Spring 2010. Page number: 235+. © Middle East Institute Winter 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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