Emine Erdogan calls the Harem “a school”


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) and his wife Emine (L) greet supporters during a rally marking the 562nd anniversary of the conquest of Istanbul by the Ottomans, in Istanbul, Turkey, 30 May 2015. The capital of the Byzantine empire, known then as Constantinople, fell to Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II 29 May 1453.

While President Erdogan thinks women are primarily mothers

Turkey’s first lady, Emine Erdogan, called the Ottoman harem an “education establishment that prepared women for life.” This was the latest of many sympathetic comments to the Ottoman Empire and its ethos, but was also meant to underscore her husband’s claim, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, that women are primarily mothers.

President Erdogan drew significant criticism on International Women's Day (March 8) by stating that the woman is “above all a mother” and noted that “you cannot free women while des...

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