The Press portrayal of turban affair in Turkey

Alan, Aslı
he aim of this study is to analyze the press coverage of the turban affair in Turkey, which has been a controversial political issue for the last twenty years. In addition to symbolizing the revival of political Islam in the country, turban issue has also created an upward polarization in the society. In an attempt to highlight the role of the media on turban issue, textual analysis was implemented to the articles of columnists of five national dailies which assumed to be the representative of different tendencies in the Turkish press. The study traces the historical development of Islam in Turkish political life, the legal aspect of headcovering, the relation between media and politics and the present structure of the Turkish media in order to make this analysis more comprehensive. The thesis concludes that on turban conflict the Turkish press does not function as a forum where different opinions can find expression. Nevertheless, by following the existing approaches in the society, the press contributes to the reproduction of the problem which seems to be difficult to reach a compromise in a near future.


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Citation Formats
A. Alan, “The Press portrayal of turban affair in Turkey,” Middle East Technical University, 2002.