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
In 1925, Kemal
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 apparntly 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.
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