Burka Beauties…

This photo is not from Turkey, it’s from another country: two women swathed in black sitting on bare dust and pebbles in the blazing sun at a country market.

In 1925, Kemal Atatürk pushed reform laws through Turkey’s Grand National Assembly outlawing the veil and the fez. European-style dress was encouraged in their place.

You may see some women in black çarsaf in Turkey s the law is apparently no longer enforced. The number of women covering completely in black, even wearing the veil, has increased in recent years, though most observant Muslim women still wear tesettür:a light draping overcoat and colorful headscarf. No veil. More…

Many Turkish women who consider themselves good Muslims do not follow any traditional concept of modest dress, but rather dress stylishly in European fashions.

—by Tom Brosnahan


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