Women’s access to property: A comparative study on Islamic and Kemalist women in Turkey

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O’Neil M. L., Toktaş Ş.

Journal of Historical Sociology, vol.30, pp.674-696, 2017 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 30
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/johs.12154
  • Journal Name: Journal of Historical Sociology
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.674-696
  • Police Academy Affiliated: No


© 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.This article uses a comparative approach to discuss women’s access to property using evidence collected from field research conducted on two distinct communities of Istanbul: one secular and one Islamic. The two groups of women possess distinctly different views of the world and how it is organized. This is particularly the case concerning gender where secular women put forth a view rooted in the sameness of the genders where the Islamic women were clear in their commitment to the idea of difference. These attitudes toward the equality and difference of the genders structures the relations of these women to property and the process of inheritance.