The books analyzed in this review contribute to gender studies in contemporary Turkey in various ways. When taken as a whole they deal with gender as a central concept to understanding power in its relations to nationality, religion, and class. Most of these studies use recent fieldwork, enriching existing research and challenging discussions on contemporary Turkey that depend on opinions rather than data. The books under review also point to issues that are given less importance in scholarship, such as violence against transgender individuals, rural Islam and gender, and patriarchy in minority communities.

In Muslim Nationalism and the New Turks Jenny White aims to sketch the nationalist nature of the new Muslim majority and the gendered nature of this nationalism. By not going into the gendered nature of Islam, she remains quite objective in describing a very polarized...

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