Quantitative Empirical Studies on Women's Issues in Islamic Cultures: Introduction to Special Issue

The special issue aimed to focus on quantitative research articles covering gender and women's issues in Islamic cultures which have not received sufficient attention. The present issue of gender and women's issues in these cultures adds important information about topics such as the roles of honor, religiosity, and sexism as they interact with gender. In the special issue there are six quantitative research articles focusing on various topics relevant to honor, sexism, economic, and health issues. A study from Turkey examines the associations among benevolent sexism, hostile sexism, religiosity, and the endorsement of honor beliefs in Turkey. Another explores the effects of religious affiliation, patriarchy, and gender on the perception of honor-related crimes in Morocco, Cameroon, and Italy. Views about family issues are explored in a paper from North Cyprus that explores the associations among hostile sexism, benevolent sexism, religiosity, and attitudes toward childlessness. In another paper, researchers from Turkey investigate job-relevant gender issues such as work engagement, job insecurity, and turnover intentions. Finally, women's health in Muslim cultures is the focus of papers on health screening behaviors in Turkey and on factors relevant to menopausal symptoms of women in Pakistan. In the introduction, the main purposes of the special issue articles are introduced. Then, the importance of studying honor, sexism, religiosity, the economic situation of women, and women's health issues in Islamic cultures are covered. Some suggestions for future studies and implication and applications of the research findings also are discussed. Finally, limitations of the special issue are presented.


Contemporary women's activism in engendering the political agenda : a case of legal reform in Turkey
Gönüllü, Ayşe; Ertürk, Yakın; Department of Gender and Women's Studies (2005)
The main aim of this study is to investigate the tools of the women̕s activism which are used in transforming the gender equality agenda in Turkey in terms of legislative reform. To illustrate and study of the tools of women̕s activism descriptively, a case study on the women̕s activism for legislative reform in Turkey is conducted. The findings of the research verified the research thesis that women̕s activism that occurred after 1980s and institutionalized during 1990s was incredibly influential in transf...
AKTAŞ, RABİA; AYBARS, AYŞE İDİL; Department of Gender and Women's Studies (2022-2-10)
This thesis study examines the contributions of women directors to the field of gender equality in business life and the policies they carry out, focusing on the case of Turkey. This thesis study focuses on the situations of large-scale companies (domestic and foreign) in Turkey. Based on explanatory frameworks that act from a gender perspective; this thesis study examines the role of women decision makers in the improvement of gender equality by taking the experiences, education and career paths of w...
30 years of gender inequality and implications on curriculum design in open and distance learning
Koseoglu, Suzan; Öztürk, Tuğba; Ucar, Hasan; Karahan, Engin; Bozkurt, Aras (2020-01-01)
Gender inequality is a pressing issue on a global scale, yet studies on this important issue have stayed on the margins of open and distance learning (ODL) literature. In this study, we critically analyse a batch of ODL literature that is focused on gender inequality in post-secondary and higher education contexts. We use Therborn’s social justice framework to inform and guide the study. This is a comprehensive social justice lens that sees inequality as “a life and death issue,” approaching empowerment as ...
Struggling Against the Myth of Equality in Research and Academia The case of women in academia in Turkey
Beşpınar Akgüner, Fatma Umut; Aybars, Ayşe İdil (null; 2015-08-28)
This paper examines the myth of gender equality in research and academia by focusing on women academics in Turkey. Most studies argue that woman academics in Turkey are in a favourable position in quantitative terms. The relatively large numbers of women in academia leads to the perception that women academics and researchers in Turkey are in a better position, even when compared to their Western counterparts. Indeed, while Turkey has one of the lowest female labour force participation rates amongst countri...
Civil society and state relations in Turkey: Opposing trajectories of two Islamist women's civil society organizations
Keysan, Asuman Ozgur; Özdemir, Zelal (Informa UK Limited, 2020-07-01)
The Islamic women's civil society organizations (CSOs) in Turkey entered a new phase with the lifting of the headscarf ban, which had long been the focus of Islamic women's activism against authoritarian gender policies in the country. Based on research conducted in 2012 and 2018 on two Islamist women's CSOs that have been active here during the last two decades, AKDER (Women's Rights Organization against Discrimination) and BKP (Capital City Women's Platform Association), this paper aims to understand thes...
Citation Formats
N. Sakallı, “Quantitative Empirical Studies on Women’s Issues in Islamic Cultures: Introduction to Special Issue,” SEX ROLES, pp. 535–542, 2016, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/42508.