In Turkey, but also in Iran, and particularly in Afghanistan, women's rights are in sharp decline.
Researcher Azadeh Kian (author of
Women and Power in Islam
- ed. Michalon - and co-director of the book
Nation-State and the Manufacture of Gender, Bodies and Sexualities. Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan
- ed. PUP) responds to
- Many women in Turkey and neighboring countries are nostalgic for the past century.
What was it really like back then?
When Mustafa Kemal took power in 1923, after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the nationalist ideology of the new Turkish Republic wanted to make women the showcase of its reforms: abolition of polygamy within the civil code, right to vote (1934), renunciation of the veil in favor of westernized outfits.
Reza Shah's Iran responds to the same trend, by prohibiting women from wearing the chador in public.
King Amanullah's Afghanistan also participates, to a lesser extent...
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