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4. The Limits of Feminism in Muslim-Turkish Women Writers of the Armistice Period (1918–1923)

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This chapter argues that although most women writers called for the expansion of women's civil and social rights, they reproduced certain patriarchal ideas even while defending their cultural, moral, religious, and national identity in the context of war and foreign occupation. It shows that the national question, which became more acute during the Armistice period, preceded women's problems and thus narrowed prospects for radical change in the sense of liberation and empowerment for Muslim-Turkish women. The chapter focuses on relatively nationalist and conservative group of women of the Armistice press. It focuses on the themes debated by Muslim-Turkish women writers. Women writers attempted to preserve traditional norms in their writings, while pointing out, criticizing, and sometimes approving of changes in the lives of Muslim Turkish women.

Keywords:Armistice period; Armistice press; muslim-turkish women writers



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