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Didem Unal Abaday

  • PL 4 (Vuorikatu 3)




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Description of research and teaching

Didem Unal Abaday is a postdoctoral researcher at the Religion, Conflict and Dialogue Research Center of the Faculty of Theology at University of Helsinki. Previously, she was a Thyssen Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies of Central European University and a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Ethnology, Gender Studies and History of Religions of Stockholm University. She was also a visiting research fellow at the department of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University and at the Graduate Center of City University of New York. She received her PhD from the Department of Political Science at Bilkent University in 2015. Her research interests focus on women's movements and gender politics in the Middle East, global Islam, diasporic Muslim femininities, politics of Islamic veiling, Muslim feminism, Muslim fashion and feminist resistance strategies in right-wing populist regimes. Her recent publications appeared in various academic journals such as Women's Studies International Forum, European Journal of Women's Studies, Journal of Women, Politics and Policy and Politics & Gender.   

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology


  • 7 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Book Review: Mainstreaming the Headscarf: Islamist Politics and Women in the Turkish Media

Unal Abaday, D., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : European Journal of Women's Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article reviewScientificpeer-review

Masculinist Anxieties as Rhetorical Tools of Anti-Gender Movements in Authoritarian Populist Contexts: The Case of Turkey

Unal Abaday, D., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Culture and Politics of Populist Masculinities. Lexington Books

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Navigating Muslim Vulnerabilities through Fashionable Islamic Dress

Unal Abaday, D., 2020, (Submitted) In : Material Religion.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

“Positioning the Critical Pious Self vis-à-vis Authoritarian Populist Body Politics: Limits of Feminist Dissent in Pious Women Columnists’ Narratives in Turkey"

Unal Abaday, D., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Reproduction, Maternity, Sexuality: The Politics of Female Body in Contemporary Turkey. I.B. Tauris

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review