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Building a Pious Self in Secular Settings: Pious Women in Modern Turkey


Abstract This dissertation aims to explore the diverse ways in which piety is conceptualized and cultivated by highly-educated Muslim women in Turkey. These women hold active positions within the secular-public sphere while trying to keep their aim of becoming pious in their own way, in relation to their subjective understanding of piety. After a detailed analysis of the formation of the secular modern public sphere in Turkey, in relation to the questions of modernity, nation-building, secularism, Islamism, and the gender relations, it gives an account of the individual routes taken by the highly educated professional women to particular aspirations of piety. The individual stories are designed to show the arbitrariness of many modern binary opposit... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Topal, Semiha (Author) / Talebi, Shahla (Advisor) / Cady, Linell (Committee member) / Ali, Souad (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Religion / Middle Eastern studies / Women's studies / everyday life / piety / secularism / self-cultivation / Turkey / women
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 268 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Religious Studies 2012
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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