A visit to a Turkish harem: from the Guardian archive, 18 January 1843

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk
The Countess of Grosvenor describes her visit to a harem – but does not find much to recommend in the lifestyle of its women
At ten a.m. Mme. Macrioniti, the wife of an Armenian merchant, came to be our interpretess, at the harem of Mehemet Ali, and we made our way up the Bosphorus, to little beyond the palace of the Sultan’s mother, on the Asiatic side, and were received at the door, (which opens with one or two steps into the sea, like the Venetian houses) by several servants, and by Achmet Bey, a large heavy-looking man, a younger brother of Mehemet.

1967 | Coffehouses and their gadgets…

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M
In 1975 I purchased “Coffehouses and their gadgets..+. I used to see its author Prof. Süheyl Ünver on the ferry from Karakoy to Kadikoy and he was always working on decorative art piece no matter how small patiently usually at the below deck since it was quiet sparsely populated and even in rough seas rolled less. The reproduction quality those days did no justice to the sketched Unver had in his possessions and in the preface he points to more that can be found. One only hopes a corporation picks the expanded reprint to shed light to this loct cultural treasure for the 500 anniversary of the introduction of ‘Kahve’ to the Ottoman realm.

Pro-choice Association Reveals Illegal Procedures in Turkey

from Bianet :: English
A pro-choice association claimed that the government left an impression amid public that the abortion was banned in Turkey since it brought up the issue last summer.

Non-Muslims want equal funeral rights in Turkey

from Hurriyet Daily News
The members of minority communities in Turkey demand contribution of municipalities to their funerals, similar to the sevices given to Muslim majority

John Steinbeck attracts the wrath of parents in Turkey

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Kaya Genç
Both Of Mice and Men and José Mauro de Vasconcelos’s My Sweet Orange Tree were declared unfit for educational use ? though luckily the culture minister had other ideas

Turkey’s middle-class women mix fashion with Islamic piety

from World news: Turkey | guardian.co.uk by Constanze Letsch
Models in headscarves feature in magazine tapping into wealth and self-confidence of new bourgeoisie
Do Coco Chanel and Islam go together? Turkey’s Âlâ, a high-fashion magazine and the first to feature models in headscarves, certainly seems to think so. After its first issue hit the newsstands in June 2011, circulation quadrupled to 40,000 in only four months.

Turkey?s soap operas touch Egypt?s heart

by Acturca
Daily News Egypt, Friday January 11, 2013 Sarah El Masry Facebook group Egypt Sarcasm Society prepared this satirical poster after the 25 January revolution where Egypt is raped like the character Fatma in « What?s the fault of Fatmagul? » soap opera. The Supreme Council for Armed Forces is Mayser (Fatma?s sister in law who used to

Turkey: Television Drama Generates Official Angst

from EurasiaNet.org – Turkey by k_kumkova
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In most countries, it?s unusual for the looming death of a television character to become a source of official anxiety. In Turkey, however, a hit television series chronicling the 16th century reign of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent has riled officials, who are looking to that era to help shape their own conservative message.

Patriarchal Democracy

from Kamil Pasha by Jenny White
Forget about the old question, is Islam compatible with democracy. Maybe what we should really be asking is whether patriarchy is compatible with democracy?
Two statements recently made by PM Erdogan struck me at getting at the heart of his autocratic tendencies. The first refers to students who had protested against him at Middle East Technical University (click here).

Shame on professors: Turkish PM

from Hurriyet Daily News
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan harshly criticized the professors of the students who protested against him..

Turkey’s middle-class women mix fashion with Islamic piety

from Yahoo news
Models in headscarves feature in magazine tapping into wealth and self-confidence of new bourgeoisie Do Coco Chanel and Islam go together? Turkey’s Âlâ, a high-fashion magazine and the first to feature models in headscarves, certainly seems to think so. After its first issue hit the newsstands in June 2011, circulation quadrupled to 40,000 in only four months. It comes down to simple economics

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