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Ekrem, Selma
Unveiled : the autobiography of a Turkish girl / by Selma Ekrem ; [introduction to the reprint by Carolyn Goffman]
1st Gorgias Press ed
Piscataway, NJ : Gorgias Press, 2005
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 Armenian Research Center  DR432 .E25    CALL 593-5181
Subject Ekrem, Selma
Turkey -- Biography
Subject(s) Women -- Turkey -- Biography
Subject Turkey -- Social conditions
Physical Description xxxi, 320 p., [9] leaves of plates : ill. ; 20 cm
Note ACCESS: May only be used at the Armenian Research Center ; please call 313 593-5181 for Center hours
Originally published : New York : Washburn, 1930
Includes bibliographical references (p. xxx-xxxi)
Summary "Selma Ekrem was the granddaughter of Namik Kemal, the Young Ottoman playwright, whose dramatic pleas to reform the empire prompted Sultan Abdnlhamit II to exile him. Growing up among the progressive Ottoman Muslim elite, Ekrem benefited from an unconventional mother, who did not insist on her daughter's veiling. The book covers the family's sojourns outside Istanbul when her father was governor in Jerusalem during the 1908 Young Turk revolution and then governor of the Greek Archipelago Islands, where the whole family was held captive on Mytiline when the island was taken by the Greeks during the Balkan Wars. Returning to Istanbul just as the First World War broke out, Ekrem attended the American College for Girls where she was one of a growing number of Muslim students. Unveiled provides a commentary on how the school's inclusive multi-ethnic studentship found itself newly divided by the split loyalties of the First World War, the Allied occupation, and the Greek invasion. Frustrated at the restrictions of Turkish female life (though a strong supporter of Mustafa Kemal), Ekrem traveled to America and earned a living giving lectures on Turkey, which countered prevalent Orientalist stereotypes."--Back cover
Series Armenian Research Center collection
Cultures in dialogue. Series one, Orientalism, occidentalism, and women's writing ; v. 5

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