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Invisible Women Visible Islam: Engendering Everyday Lives Of Educated Islamist Women In Turkey


  • Fatma Sundal

    () (Anadolu University)


Veiling is a pre-Islamic patriarchal practice designed to differentiate women in terms of their sexuality. While it is obligatory in some Muslim societies, a newly emerged form of Islamic clothing, namely tesettür became a problem for secular public regulations in Turkey. This study has been done based on a research with multi-method approach and it has aimed to understand gender issues in everyday lives of women, and derive ‘typicalities’. In this relation, the main problematic of the research consists of everyday lives of educated Islamist women. The research has been held with in-depth interview and psychoanalytic method of free association of concepts, and it has employed theoretical and purposive sampling. The story of Islam in their lives shows variety including traditional influence of Sufism, changing Sufism, socialisation in family, class and cultural resistance, search for meaning in life, but only one ‘hard ideologue.

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  • Fatma Sundal, 2005. "Invisible Women Visible Islam: Engendering Everyday Lives Of Educated Islamist Women In Turkey," Anadolu University Journal of Social Sciences, Anadolu University, vol. 5(1), pages 109-130, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:and:journl:v:5:y:2005:i:1:p:109-130

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    Modernity; Gender; Everyday Life; Patriarchal Bargaining; Cultural Controls of Female Sexuality;

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    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General


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