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
PortraitSemavi Eyice: Embracing the other's historyIstanbul has a rich historical and archaeological background since it was home to many civilizations, of which the most prominent were the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. A true scholar, Semavi Eyice contributed greatly to reveal the historical treasures of this magnificent city More
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