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9. Enlightened Mothers and Scientific Housewives: Discussing Women’s Social Roles in Eurydice (Evridiki) (1870–1873)

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Women's journals and periodicals of the late Ottoman period reveal perceptions, views, and demands of Ottoman women and contribute greatly to discovering women's voices and restoring them to their place in history. This chapter aims to study Eurydice (Evridiki), a Greek women's periodical published in Constantinople between 1870 and 1873. It focuses on the arguments put forth by eminent members of the Greek Orthodox community of Istanbul concerning 'female nature,' and demonstrates that the 'woman question' became especially critical after the Bulgarian Exarchate separated from the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as the Greek elite clearly focused on its own civilizing mission 'for the sake of the nation. The chapter provides an introduction to the periodical, and presents the discourse on women in the Greek Orthodox community during the period leading up to the publication of Eurydice. It investigates the images of the 'ideal housewife' and 'good mother' as proclaimed in Eurydice.

Keywords:Constantinople; Eurydice; Greek Orthodox community; Istanbul; Ottoman Empire



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