Despite scholars’ tremendous interest in the dynamics of Turkish laicism, little to no attention has been paid to the actors and the practices through which Islamic morality is propagated among society every day. This article investigates the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet)’s policy that has been increasing the number of women working as preachers since 2003. To what extent and how does the employment of the Diyanet’s women preachers affect the way in which religion and Islamic public morality grow and are spread in Turkey today? What specifically is women’s contribution in this respect? Drawing on an ethnographic observation of the Diyanet’s women preachers’ activities in Istanbul mosques, the article outlines how they contribute to reshaping Turkish laicism while diffusing Islamic morality in the public space.
The Role of the Diyanet’s Women Preachers
The Ethics of Hierarchy in the Tablighi Jamaat in Pakistan
trips by a legally sanctioned male, usually a husband, brother, or father. Itinerant women preach to other women within a host’s home, while men live and preach in a mosque. Women are barred from giving sermons even to each other. Each evening, a