Riada Asimovic Akyol

Turkish women smoke cigarettes outside a teahouse in Istanbul, July 19, 2009. (photo by GETTY/Bulent Kilic)

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Islamic writer's comments on smoking leave Turkish women fuming

| Riada Asimovic Akyol, Contributor

Islamic scholar and columnist Hayrettin Karaman has angered Turkish women by questioning the chastity of those who smoke while wearing the veil.

'The Ottoman Lieutenant' loses box office war

Tuesday, May. 30, 2017 | Riada Asimovic Akyol, Contributor

“The Ottoman Lieutenant,” the first Hollywood production to reflect Turkey’s perspective on the Armenian genocide, has been criticized both for its outlook and its artistic merit.

Will Turkey allow 18-year-old members of parliament?

Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2017 | Riada Asimovic Akyol, Contributor

One of the proposed amendments to Turkey’s constitution is the lowering of the age of candidacy for parliament to 18. What does that mean for Turkey's youth?

European court ruling on headscarves sparks ire in Ankara

Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017 | Riada Asimovic Akyol, Contributor

Turkey to provide legal assistance to women affected by a European ruling that allows companies to ban employees from wearing headscarves.

Will digital platforms revolutionize Turkish TV series?

Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 | Riada Asimovic Akyol, Contributor

BluTV and Puhu TV, two Turkish companies that provide online broadcast content to their subscribers, have for the first time produced original TV shows. In Turkey, the change of switching from conventional TV to internet for watching shows will be gradual, but the potential is huge.

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Riada Asimovic Akyol is an independent analyst and writer. Her articles have been published by The New York Times, Al Jazeera English, The Nation and The National. She is pursuing a doctorate related to religion and nationalism at Galatasaray University, Istanbul. On Twitter: @riadaaa

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