This chapter locates Halide Edip in the context of her family’s social profile, explores her cultural and intellectual inheritance, and contextualizes her engagements. It describes her political commitments, creative capabilities, culture and urbanity, and experiences, which involve her in the suffrage as well as anti-colonial agitations. Halide first appeared on the public platform in 1908. Many of her writings were published either in Europe or translated into various European languages, in part because she articulated the feminist perspective in an ‘Islamic’ society, and in part because she made Turkey’s war of independence intelligible to her non-Turkish readers as well. Her only English-language play, Masks or Souls, with its diverse characters, ranging from a playwright (Shakespeare) to a spiritual preceptor (Nasiruddin Hoja), exceeds the boundaries set by orientalist and patriarchal discourses, and establishes cosmic framework for staging the dilemmas of modernity.
Keywords: Halide Edip; family; suffrage; anti-colonial agitations; social profile; Turkey’s war of independence; Masks or Souls
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