One of the reform efforts preached by the Jadids and the Bolsheviks was the “liberation” of Central Asian women. The Bolsheviks sent their own women’s group, Zhenotdal, to help Central Asian women modernize, starting with an unveiling campaign that did not go according to plan.

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References for Episode

Making Uzbekistan: Nation, Empire, and Revolution in the Early USSR by Adeeb Khalid

“The Women’s Emancipation Movement in Kyrgyzstan: The Work of the Zhenotdel of Kyrgyzstan from 1924 to 1930” by Azamet Askar

The New Woman in Uzbekistan: Islam, Modernity, and Unveiling under Communism by Marianne Kamp

Tribal Nation: the Making of Soviet Turkmenistan by Adrienne Lynn Edgar

Veiled Empire: Gender & Power in Stalinist Central Asia by Douglas Taylor Northrop        

“Bringing the revolution to the women of the East. The Zhenotdel experience in Soviet Central Asia through the lens of Kommunistka” by Anne McShane

A Woman, an Actress, a Jadid? Reflecting on a Recent Exhibition in London

References for Making History Segment

Linktree for organizations in Turkey and Syria

Book Auction for Turkiye and Syria

The Brightside Project to help Palestine, Ohio

The Way Station to help Palestine Ohio

Buttered Jorts thread on fighting censorship

FReadom Campaigns

My Say in the Matter: a pro-bodily autonomy charity anthology

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