Beyond the Modern/Religious Dichotomy: The Veil and Feminist Solidarity in Contemporary Turkey

Secular nationalism and Islamism constitute a major political polarization in current day Turkey. The proponents of both political orientations use the trope of the veiled woman, in order to advance their respective ideologies. However, the instrumentalization of women’s bodies in this way not only proves inefficient in adequately addressing many of the problems that women face today, but it is also linked to the relentless state control and regulation over our bodies. The following essay gives an account of the ways in which both secular nationalists and Islamists are not hesitant about policing our bodies at the service of their ideology. This is a call for solidarity and a true feminist pluralism outside the confines of this divide within which women’s interests always take the back seat to nationalist projects.
Philosophical Topics


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F. İbrahimhakkıoğlu, “Beyond the Modern/Religious Dichotomy: The Veil and Feminist Solidarity in Contemporary Turkey,” Philosophical Topics, pp. 141–156, 2015, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: