Steven A. Cook

From the Potomac to the Euphrates

Cook examines developments in the Middle East and their resonance in Washington.

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Weekend Reading: Gulen and Gender Equality, Tribulations in Tripoli, and Essential Economics in Yemen

by Steven A. Cook
March 23, 2012

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  • Posted by Richard Peres

    The Margaret Spiegelmen article is misleading, especially when it quotes her friends from Istanbul University who have been crying that the sky is falling for the last ten years because the AK Party is in party. Turkey is the only country in the world where headscarved women — there are 18 million in Turkey – are banned from public employment (over 2 million jobs) and not allowed to teach in most schools, and only recently were allowed to attend high schools and universities. It’s not secularism as we know it but severe violations of religious freedom. Yes, definitely, Turkey is a male-dominated society and patriarchy reigns for all men, Islamic and so-called secular, white Turks, but it has nothing to do with the Gulenists per se. Richard Peres, author of “The Day Turkey Stood Still: Merve Kavakci’s Walk into the Turkish Parliament” to be published by Ithaca Press in June.

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