Halide Edib—Extraordinary Leader of Modern Turkey

photo of Halide EdibIn the histories of peoples and nations some few individuals are particularly remembered and honored for heroism, public service, intellectual accomplishments, and farsighted attitudes.

In the history of modern Turkey Halide Edib (1884-1964) was one of these few. She grew up in the Turkish Ottoman Empire when most women still veiled in public, were rarely provided more than a basic education, and were not permitted a voice in public affairs. Therefore, her achievements as an educator and internationally recognized author and as a leader in politics and reform movements were truly remarkable.

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Photo Credit:
Patrick, Mary. Under Five Sultans. NY: Century Co., 1929.

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