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Polygamy in Turkey

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Polygamy in Turkey

Turkey is also a predominantly Muslim nation that has abolished polygamy, which was officially criminalized with the adoption of the Turkish Civil Code in 1926, a milestone in Atatürk's secularist reforms. Penalties for illegal polygamy are up to 2 years imprisonment.[1] becoming the first nation to do so. Turkey has long been known for its promotion of secularism[2][3][4] and later introduced even stricter bars on polygamy. Even the ruling moderate AK Parti effectively banned polygamists from entering or living in the country.[5]

Although illegal polygamy is very rare in Turkish society, the practice still exists in the Kurdish populated South East.[6] [7]

An advisor to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of the ruling moderate AK Parti, Ali Yüksel, is reportedly polygamous and has made public his intention to take a fourth wife, which caused outrage from the Turkish media and also from the ruling party.[8]


  1. ^ Turkish Penal Code, Art. 230
  2. ^ Turkey between Secularism and Islamism
  3. ^ Turkey's secularism 'threatened'
  4. ^ Modernity, Islam, and secularism in Turkey By Alev Çinar
  5. ^ Polygamy in Turkey
  6. ^ Polygamy Fosters Culture Clashes (and Regrets) in Turkey
  7. ^ "The hidden wives of Turkey". BBC. 2005-08-30. Retrieved 2010-08-16. 
  8. ^ "Louder voices".  

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