92 Year Old Turkish Woman Faces Charges for Veil Statements
World renowned sumerologist, Dr. Muazzez Ilmiye Cig, is facing trial in Turkey at the age of 92.
Vatan yesterday reported that Muazzez Ilmiye Cig, the world’s most renowned Sumerologist and 92 years old, was facing charges for having stated that Sumerian women were the first ones to wear a headscarf in history.
Cig said: “Covering one’s head existed before the Christian era, but that was not for religious purposes. It served the function of showing a woman’s social standing. This is a historical fact. Now if I get convicted for this reason, I would never apply to the European Court of Human Rights. I would never sink as low as to accuse my own country.”
Bafweb has more (translated).
The public prosecutor claims she is inciting hate with her latest book that claims that “bitches” wore headscarves during the Sumer Period.
The historical study did not go over well with the local radicals.
Historian and Publisher on Trial… Public Prosecutor in Beyoglu launched a court case against sumerologist Muazzez Ilmiye Cig and director of Cag ve Analiz Publishing Ismet Ogutucu in connection with the book of Cig with the title “My Reactions as a Citizen”.
The indictment wants the defendants to be sentenced according to the Article 216/2 (inciting people hatred and enmity) and increase of the sentence according to the Article 218 (article for increasing sentences committed by means of press).
The book is a compilation of Cig’s letters to Recep Tayyip Erdogan when he had been Istanbul mayor and articles published in 1997 in the journal “Bilim ve Utopya”. Cig alleges in the book that the headscarf was used in the past to distinguish women from each other. She gives the example that bitches during the Sumer period were using headscarves and Prophet Mohammed also wanted females in his family to use headscarves to be distinguished. (Cumhuriyet)
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