The logic of tesettür : engendering everyday lives of educated Islamist women in Turkey

Sündal, Fatma


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Citation Formats
F. Sündal, “The logic of tesettür : engendering everyday lives of educated Islamist women in Turkey,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2002.