Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fatma Aliye

From Dawn:
"Turkey’s central bank has been criticised by secularists for choosing a previously obscure Ottoman writer as the first woman to adorn the country’s banknotes.

Critics say the choice of Fatma Aliye, believed to be Turkey’s first female novelist, represents a surrender to religious conservative forces and a snub to others who fought for women’s rights.

Aliye, who died in 1936 and was the daughter of a senior Ottoman bureaucrat and historian, is among several historical figures who will appear on the notes from January. The notes are being minted to mark the inauguration of a fresh currency to replace the existing New Turkish Lira.

A central bank-appointed committee also chose a mathematician, a composer, an architect and a 13th-century Sufi mystic in a departure from the established practice of notes carrying political figures.

But the committee has been accused of bowing to pressure from the ruling Islamist-leaning Justice and Development party (AKP) in choosing Aliye and overlooking Halide Edip Adivar, a writer and feminist icon who fought beside Ataturk.

Mustafa Ozyurek, an MP for the secularist Republican People’s party, described Aliye as a “dubious personality” of whom most Turks had never heard.

Aliye, born in 1862, will appear on the new 50-lira note."


Further Reading:
Fatima Aliye Hanim - Turkish Wikipedia (in Turkish)

"Biographical Dictionary of Women's Movements and Feminisms in Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe: 19th and 20th Centuries" by Francisca de Haan, Krasimira Daskalova, Anna Loutfi (Pub: Central European University Press, 2006)
"Women in the Middle East: Past and Present" by Nikki R. Keddie (Pub: Princeton University Press, 2006)

2 comments:

voicefromPoland said...

'overlooking Halide Edip Adivar' yeah very well written, it seems she is viewed as a republic writer so very unappropriat for AKP, ehhh 86 years after the foundation of republic Turks still have to fight for it...sad

Anonymous said...

@ Mustafa Ozyurek, an MP for the secularist Republican People’s party, described Aliye as a “dubious personality” of whom most Turks had never heard.

Atatürk was and stay the only Turk, who understand the basics of democracy and with a modern way of thinking.

But also after Ataturk the Turkish people don't know what Emancipation is.