• PATRIARCHAL PARAMETERS OF LIBERAL SECULARISM AND RELIGIOUS CONSERVATISM CONTRADICT WOMEN IDENTITY IN REFORMED TURKISH CONTEXT. A CONCRETE OBSERVATION TO ELIF SHAFAK THE BUSTARD OF ISTANBUL


    Designation : Ph.D Research scholar, University of Madras


    Journal Name : Reserach maGma


    Publication Date : 11/10/2017




    Abstract :
    Reformed Turkey is paradigmatically labeled an ideal country among other middle-east countries. It was mainly because of radical secularization of state and society. This paper establishes on how does women sandwich her identity by the two extreme leads; religious conservatives and liberal secularists, with the reference of the novel ‘The Bastard of Istanbul’. This novel written by Elif Shafak, a Turkish author, enlightens the internal clashes affected to women in Turkey. Elif Shafak discusses the complexities presented by political upheaval and cultural stereotype in which women were the main victims in the republic of Turkey. In fact women identity clash is one of the emerging trends in contemporary middles-east writing. In due to the effect, establishing their identity, eventually become a complicated effort. So called tag ‘reformation’ simply a namesake label in different phases of society. A large number of women forced to follow patriarchal cultural etiquette and religious norms. Shafak secures a huge space among contemporary Arab women writers to highlight gender identity and its disequilibrium in the mainstream of Middle East countries. This book also theorizes highly discoursed themes in connection with Arab women.


    Keywords :
    Liberal secularism, Religious fundamentalism, Cultural stereotypes, Women Self.


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