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
Heaven knows what that must be like.
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.
Although you may see a few women in
black çarsaf in Turkey,
most observant Muslim women
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.