Published online by Cambridge University Press: 22 May 2020
In this chapter the actors and factors contributing to the Diyanet’s gender policy in the 2000s are presented. What emerges are figures of pious female bureaucrats connecting the state with the religious realm, which bears witness to an accomplished reintegration within the state bureaucracy of a generation of women who voiced their exclusion from the public sphere. Moreover, the ethnographic fieldwork casts light on three main aspects of vaizeler’s activities: the nature of vaizeler’s invitation (that is, how the preachers reach women and invite them to participate in the religious public realm); the way the vaizeler promote both a conscious believing and a daily performance of religious practices; and how the religious guidance and moral support of women and families contribute to enlarge the notion of religious services. Diyanet’s policies toward women, and in particular the feminization of religious services, are the lens through which the intertwined relationships between women, religion, and the state in Turkey are reassessed.