The Day Turkey Stood Still:
Merve Kavakçi and the Headscarf Issue in Turkey
November 19, 2013 from 4:00pm-5:30pm
CCAS Boardroom (ICC 241), Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Speaker: Richard Peres
Download PosterIn May 1999, Merve Kavakçi walked into the Turkish Grand National Assembly to take her oath of office wearing her Islamic headscarf. A near riot ensued, and the Prime minister famously told the crowd to "put this woman in her place". Since then, Kavakçi has become a symbol of the ongoing issue regarding the headscarf in the public sphere in Turkey.
In his new book, Headscarf: The Day Turkey Stood Still, author Richard Peres deconstructs these events, and Merve's subsequent vilification by the government, military, media and political parties, to promote greater understanding of contemporary Turkish politics, and to illustrate the ongoing tension between Turkey's military-secular bloc and its predominantly Islamic population. In his talk, Mr. Peres will reveal new information about what happened that fateful day and provide his thoughts on the future of this important issue.