Most citizens of Istanbul are Muslims, but Turkish society is modern and of course in the biggest city of Turkey it is even more world-standardized: so European dress styles prevail.
Things change when talking about general religious Muslim observants. Many observant Turkish Muslim women, more or less the 50% of female population, dress in tesettür, a headscarf and light...
You may see some women in burka, black full-body covering, with veil, but most may just be visitors from other countries and places where Muslim values and rules are stricter interpretation of...
Actually, the veil is outlawed in Turkey, even if the law is little enforced, and even the wearing of headscarves in secular contexts like universities, government offices and so on is quite...

Religion and clothing in Istanbul

Most citizens of Istanbul are Muslims, but Turkish society is modern and of course in the biggest city of Turkey it is even more world-standardized: so European dress styles prevail.

Things change when talking about general religious Muslim observants. Many observant Turkish Muslim women, more or less the 50% of female population, dress in tesettür, a headscarf and light cover-all topcoat, when going out in public. This satisfies the Islamic admonition to modest dress.

You may see some women in burka, black full-body covering, with veil, but most may just be visitors from other countries and places where Muslim values and rules are stricter interpretation of Islamic dress traditions, though some will be Turks who have revived the Ottoman tradition.

Actually, the veil is outlawed in Turkey, even if the law is little enforced, and even the wearing of headscarves in secular contexts like universities, government offices and so on is quite controversial.

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