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Who will free Turkey’s women?

The secular feminists have it wrong. There can be real progress for women in a Muslim Turkey

By Gerald Knaus   August 2007

The late night posting on the website of the Turkish general staff on 27th April was a shock, even in a society used to surprises. In a short message, the military reminded the Turkish government and the world of its role as “defender of secularism,” and warned that it would act “when it becomes necessary.” Turkish columnists argued about whether this was a new style of intervention: the “e-coup.” It certainly had an impact, bringing to a halt the process of electing a president and triggering early elections on 22nd July.

Ever since the one-party regime established by Mustafa Kemal…

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