The Question of Academic Originality and Authenticity in Studies on Religion and Women
In this article, studies on religion and women are discussed in the context of their academic originality and authenticity. The question of women in Turkey is usually taken as a problem area that is negotiated within a feminist framework. Improving the status of women has been an important issue in the Turkish modernization process. Particularly academic studies appear to be influenced by feminist theories, which have significantly guiding features. An approach called Islamic feminism, which draws attention to Islamic sensitivities, tries to explain womens place in the religion and tradition from an Islamic point of view without disregarding the critiques advanced by feminist theories. This study aims to discuss these explanations in the context of their originality and authenticity.
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