PortraitNezihe Araz: From communism to SufismInternalizing the communist struggle in her youth, together with the effect of her leftist environment, Nezihe Araz became a conservative writer and journalist after becoming a disciple of modern Sufi leader Kenan Rifai More
PortraitKadir Inanır: 'Jeune' goes politicalBy far the most famous ‘jeune' in Turkish cinema, Kadir İnanır was a handsome, masculine and talented actor. He has also appeared on the political stage with the ‘Akil İnsanlar' (‘The Wise People') group, organized by then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan More
PortraitSides of the failed July 15 coup attemptCritical actors guaranteed the future of Turkish democracy by standing up without hesitation on the night of July 15, 2016. Meanwhile, the culprits will always be remembered as coup plotters and cursed by the public More
PortraitNermin Abadan-Unat: Ultramodernist
Born and raised in Europe until the age of 14, academician Nermin Abadan- Unat came to Turkey in her youth, where she would become known for her enthusiasm about modernization, secularism and positivism
PortraitŞerif Mardin: Sociologist of modern Islam
Born and raised in a respected family that contributed to academics and law, Şerif Mardin put an indelible mark in academic history with his profound body of works scrutinizing the effects of religion and culture on the transition period from the Ottoman Empire to the Republic
PortraitRauf Denktaş: The voice of his people
An influential politician, who made his mark on history as the first president of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Rauf Denktaş made huge efforts to safeguard the Turkish community against EOKA terrorism. He was also a successful photographer and writer
PortraitKazancı Bedih: Urfa's famous local singer
A boilermaker by profession, Kazancı Bedih was a local singer who was famous in traditional Şanlıurfa gatherings and became known throughout the country after appearing in director Yavuz Turgul's successful 1996 film ‘Eşkiya'
PortraitHalit Refiğ: National cinema, urbanism and gender
A strong representative of social realism in cinema, director Halit Refiğ used numerous female types and characters in his films to provide comprehensive insight into the social situations of specific times and places. Although he was not a true feminist, he pioneered the portrayal of gender issues in Turkish cinema
PortraitChingiz Aitmatov: Farewell, Gulsary!
A doyen of Kyrgyz literature, late author Chingiz Aitmatov was an influential writer whose books have been translated to more than 150 languages and who touched hearts of readers beyond borders