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Short Biographies of Famous Turks
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1.       catwoman
8933 posts
 19 Apr 2010 Mon 09:49 pm

Inspired by MarioninTurkey´s project, I thought it would be interesting to have a thread in which we post short biographies of famous Turks. Please limit your arguments here!

2.       catwoman
8933 posts
 19 Apr 2010 Mon 09:49 pm

Bülent Ersoy - (b. 1952) Turkish celebrity - actor and singer of Ottoman classical music. In 1981 underwent a sex reassignement surgery from male to female. After the surgery Bulent experienced discrimination largely blamed on the military government regime, which led her to attempt suicide. In 1988 Turkish Civil Code was revised and transgender people gained legal acceptance. Ersoy then returned to singing and acting and became very successful as well as gained popular acceptance.

Ersoy was involved in several more controversies: one after marrying a man over 20 years younger then her, some minor ones over her movie roles and in 2008 after publicly stating that "she would not send her sons to war if she were a mother", referring to the Iraq war. She was filed charges against for "turning Turks against compulsory military service", but she was pronounced not guilty by the court.

She is now a symbol of increased tolerance for LGTB figures in Turkish media.

 

3.       catwoman
8933 posts
 19 Apr 2010 Mon 09:50 pm

Turan Dursun - (1934-1990 ) Author, Islamic scholar, imam and mufti in Turkey, who later became an atheist after studying the history of monotheistic religions. Open critic of religion and was frequently threatened by fundamntalists. Was eventually murdered outside his home, his library and writings were destroyed and an Islamic book not belonging to him was left on his bed.

After becoming mufti of Sivas, he initiated many projects for the development of the area and some progressive reforms (built a hospital, tree plantations, gave importance to education, paid respect to Ataturk.. etc).

His questioning of God started at the age of 11, but didn´t take a serious form until Dursun was supposed to meet with the Pope and wanting to be very well prepared for the meeting, he started studying Christianity and Judaism. His mental battle with God lasted a couple more years when he came to the conclusion that there is no God. Dursun became "angry" that Mohammed took away valuable years of childhood and youth. He then went on to work for the Turkish Radio and wrote many books.

 

4.       catwoman
8933 posts
 19 Apr 2010 Mon 09:51 pm

Tansu Çiller - (b. 1946 in Istanbul) Turkish economist and politician. First and only Turkish female prime minister. She studied economics, finished postdoctoral studies at Yale University and taught economics as a professor at several universities. In 1990 she joined the conservative True Path Party and served as the Minister of State in charge of economics in the coalition government. In 1993 she became the party leader and later the Prime Minister (from 1993-1996). Served as Foreign Affairs Minister between 1996-97. One of her achievents was modernizing Turkish army and getting PKK listed as a terrorist organization by the USA and EU.

She was later investigated on corruption charges, but cleared mainly due to  technicalities and at the end of 1998 the corruption files were covered up.

She is a member of the Council of Women World Leaders.

 

 

5.       catwoman
8933 posts
 19 Apr 2010 Mon 09:51 pm

Aziz Nesin - (1915-1995) Turkish writer, humorist, author of many books, officer. Was jailed several times for political views. Satirized beurocracy, exposed economic inequities, and oppression of the common man. In 1972 he founded the Nesin Foundation, which would take each year four poor children that the foundation provided everything for until their completion of high school or vocational school.

Nesin led a dozen of intellectuals to protest military government after the 1980 military coup. 

He championed free speech, including criticism of Islam. In 1990s started translating Salman Rushdie´s Satanic Verses, which made him a target for radical islamists, who in 1993 in Sivas set a hotel on fire where Nesin and others were staying during an Alevi cultural festival. 37 people were killed.

He devoted his last years to fighting religious fundamentalism.

 

6.       catwoman
8933 posts
 19 Apr 2010 Mon 09:53 pm

Ferit Orhan Pamuk - (b. 1952 in Istanbul) Turkish novelist, the first Turkish Nobel Prize winner, best selling Turkish author. Teaches writing and literature in Columbia University. His latest novel is Masumiyet Müzesi (The Museum of Innocence). In 2005 in an interview he said: "Thirty thousand Kurds have been killed here, and a million Armenians. And almost nobody dares to mention that. So I do." Because of these remarks he was subjected to hate compaign and forced to flee Turkey. When he returned, he faced charges under Article 301, which were later dropped under international pressure.  Because of these remarks he was subjected to hate compaign and forced to flee Turkey and when returned, faced charges under Article 301, which were later dropped under international pressure.

 

7.       catwoman
8933 posts
 19 Apr 2010 Mon 09:54 pm

Hrant Dink - (1954-2007) Turkish-Armenian editor, journalist, columnist. He was an advocate for Turkish Armenian reconciliation and human and minority rights advocate in Turkey. He was critical of the Turkish denial of Armenian genocide and was prosecuted three times for "denigrating Turkishness". Received numerous death threats from Turkish nationalists until being murdered by a Turkish nationalist Ogun Samast.

"While Samast has since been taken into custody, photographs of the assassin flanked by smiling Turkish police and gendarmerie, posing with the killer side by side in front of the Turkish flag, have since surfaced. The photos created a scandal in Turkey, prompting a spate of investigations and the removal from office of those involved.

At his funeral, two hundred thousand mourners marched in protest of the assassination, chanting "We are all Armenians" and "We are all Hrant Dink". Criticism of Article 301 became increasingly vocal after his death, leading to parliamentary proposals for repeal."

Wiki

 

8.       ptaszek
440 posts
 19 Apr 2010 Mon 10:17 pm

kocur???what is the reason of repeating marionin thread?

9.       Zagreb
39 posts
 19 Apr 2010 Mon 10:57 pm

 

Quoting catwoman

Ferit Orhan Pamuk - (b. 1952 in Istanbul) Turkish novelist, the first Turkish Nobel Prize winner, best selling Turkish author. Teaches writing and literature in Columbia University. His latest novel is Masumiyet Müzesi (The Museum of Innocence). In 2005 in an interview he said: "Thirty thousand Kurds have been killed here, and a million Armenians. And almost nobody dares to mention that. So I do." Because of these remarks he was subjected to hate compaign and forced to flee Turkey. When he returned, he faced charges under Article 301, which were later dropped under international pressure.  Because of these remarks he was subjected to hate compaign and forced to flee Turkey and when returned, faced charges under Article 301, which were later dropped under international pressure.

 

 

 

Pamuk is a great writer, love his books

 Love his appreciation of both eastern and western culture and how they inter connected. He has a really  excellent style and very sensitive disposition. This man is a writing genius.

Very popular here in Croatia

10.       catwoman
8933 posts
 19 Apr 2010 Mon 11:25 pm

 

Quoting ptaszek

kocur???what is the reason of repeating marionin thread?

 

MarioninTurkey´s thread is for suggestions of who she should include in her book, here I want people to post short biographies - one biography per post!

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