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Feminism and Feminist History-Writing in Turkey: The Discovery of Ottoman Feminism

Feminism and Feminist History-Writing in Turkey: The Discovery of Ottoman Feminism The formation of a feminist consciousness and memory in Turkey coincided with a historical period in which both social movements and academic studies proliferated. Towards the end of the 1980s, the increasing number of women’s organisations and publications began to impact upon both the feminist movement and academic research in the area of women’s studies. This, combined with the expansion of the civil societal realm, has resulted in many topics and issues related to women becoming part of the public discussion, thereby contributing to the development of a new feminist consciousness. This article discusses the impact of the work in the field of women’s history and the ensuing discovery of an Ottoman feminism on the formation of such a feminist consciousness and memory in Turkey. KEYWORDS: Ottoman Feminism, Turkish Nationalist Modernisation, Feminist HistoryWriting. Introduction In Turkey, it was only in the 1980s that we were able to discover the early roots of women’s organised struggle for emancipation. There are various reasons why it took so long for us to become aware of this early-twentieth-century struggle, which was quite animated. The women’s movement and feminist historical research played a significant role in this discovery. The attempts, both in academic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

Feminism and Feminist History-Writing in Turkey: The Discovery of Ottoman Feminism

Aspasia , Volume 1 (1) – Mar 1, 2007

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Berghahn Books
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1933-2882
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1933-2890
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10.3167/asp.2007.010104
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Abstract

The formation of a feminist consciousness and memory in Turkey coincided with a historical period in which both social movements and academic studies proliferated. Towards the end of the 1980s, the increasing number of women’s organisations and publications began to impact upon both the feminist movement and academic research in the area of women’s studies. This, combined with the expansion of the civil societal realm, has resulted in many topics and issues related to women becoming part of the public discussion, thereby contributing to the development of a new feminist consciousness. This article discusses the impact of the work in the field of women’s history and the ensuing discovery of an Ottoman feminism on the formation of such a feminist consciousness and memory in Turkey. KEYWORDS: Ottoman Feminism, Turkish Nationalist Modernisation, Feminist HistoryWriting. Introduction In Turkey, it was only in the 1980s that we were able to discover the early roots of women’s organised struggle for emancipation. There are various reasons why it took so long for us to become aware of this early-twentieth-century struggle, which was quite animated. The women’s movement and feminist historical research played a significant role in this discovery. The attempts, both in academic

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AspasiaBerghahn Books

Published: Mar 1, 2007

Keywords: feminism; feminist history-writing; Ottoman feminism; Turkish nationalist modernization; Turkey

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