Who Is Who?


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A few of the most influential Turks..

Evliya Çelebi:

Famous traveller, he is the first and the greatest representative of travel literature. He has visited almost all cities and towns of the Ottoman Empire and took long trips to foreign lands. His travels covered Anatolia, Rumelia, Syria, Egypt, Cerete and Hejaz, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Crimea and Caucasia. He tried to cover history, buildings, customs and traditions and the famous people in his writings. His travel journal are published in several volumes.

Fikret Mualla:

A painter who has gained world wide recognition
Fikret Mualla in general painted the cafes, the people at the cafes, the taverns, streets, circuses, places of entertainment and the life in Paris. His favorite colours were red, blue, orange and lilac. With these colours he expressed his feelings, his sadness and his joy of life. Men Sitting, Still Life in Blue, Bistro, Cafe, French Workers at a Cafe in Marseille, Golden Horn and Süleymaniye, A Street in Paris are only a few of the famous paintings of Fikret Mualla.


One of the most famous and greatest poets of Turkish literature. Fuzuli, who had a perfect knowledge of Turkish, Arabic and Persian, the three great eastern languages of the time, has written his collected poems (Divan) in three different languages. Besides his "kaside", each being a monument, he has given us the best and the most sensitive examples of lyrical Turkish poetry, "Leyla ile Mecnun". This famous love and pain "mesnevi", which is considered to be the most important work of Fuzuli, occupies a special place among the work on the theme of these tragic and legendary lovers by numerous Turkish and Iranian poets. In his work titled "hadikad-üs- Sueda he decribes the tragedy of Kerbela which is an extremely sad incident of the Islamic history. This literary piece is one of the best works produced in Turkish. He also has numerous other works of importance.

Hacı Arif Bey:

The composer who started the classical era of Turkish music. He has composed more than a thousand songs and numerous religious pieces. He has published a six hundred page journal of lyrics called "mecmuai Arif" in İstanbul during 1873. Today we have more than 200 of his songs composed in 22 modes, seven religious works and a composition in the "nehavent" form.

Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil:

He heads the list of most cultured and most productive members of the new writer's school. The author, who calls himself "an eternal lover of Turkish", was one of the most productive of the group of new writers, and he was the first to apply the Western technique to the Turkish novel.

Halide Edip Adıvar:

The renown novelist who was one of the heroes of the national independence movement, has written stories which could penetrate to the depths of human soul and which could excite the reader. Her most famous works are "Sinekli Bakkal", "Vurun Kahpeye", "Kalp Ağrısı", "The Turkish Ordeal" and "Zeyno'nun Oğlu".
Hamamizade İsmail Dede Efendi
One of the greatest Turkish composers. He has created masterpieces in all forms and modes of Turkish music. He has also developed the composite musical modes of "sultan yegah", "neveser", "saba buselik", "hicaz buselik" and "Araban kürdi". His greatest works are the seven Mevlevi pieces for Samah. More than 200 hundred of his compositions are available today.

İbn-i Sina:
The great doctor, scholar and philosopher of the eastern world during the middle Ages. For years, his works were used as text books at western universities. He was a true pathfinder not only in medicine but also in mathematics and physics. The philosophical encyclopedia called "Şifa" (Healing), "Kanun" which is a medical encyclopedia, and books titled "Necat" and "İşarat" and the twenty volume "Kitab-ül-insaf" which comments on total works of Aristoteles are among his major works.

İSMET İNÖNÜ: (1884-1973)

İsmet İnönü was a famous commander in the War of Independence, a successful diplomat at the Lausanne Peace Agreement, and Turkey’s first prime minister and second president. He is regarded as the ‘second figure,’ after Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, among those in the vanguard of the foundation of modern Turkey.

Mehmed Akif Ersoy:

A great Turkish - Islamic poet, he has also written the lyrics of our national anthem. Akif practically screams with his poetry where he displays a striking strong voice which kindles nationalistic feelings. The poem he wrote for those who died at Gallipoli, is the greatest of the legends of heroism. Akif who gave us the most effective examples of the art of poetry, has moved to Anatolia during the National Independence War, and was one of its participants

Namık Kemal:

Great national poet and famous Turkish Journalist. He was a poet full of feelings for his country and the nation. He had his most famous work "Vatan Yahut Silistre" staged at Gedikpaşa Theatre in 1873. He produced his best work during prison life which lasted for 32 years.

Nasrettin Hoca:

Great and famous folk philosopher whose memory has become a legend. His anecdotes which are verbally transmitted at everywhere where Turkish is spoken is popular among all classes and levels of people. They also were transmitted to the everyday language of countries which are neighbors of Turkey. Azarbaijan, Clans of Caucasia, Creama and Idil vicinity, Turkistan and the lands of Türkmenistan and Kyrgysistan are among them. The fame of Nasrettin Hoca is slowly spreading all over the world and his anecdotes are being translated into numerous languages.

Nâzım Hikmet:

popularly known and critically acclaimed in Turkey as the first and foremost modern Turkish poet, is known around the world as one of the greatest international poets of the twentieth century, and his poetry has been translated into more than fifty languages

Piri Reis:

Famous Turkish sailor and the first Turkish marine cartographer. Piri Reis was both a great sea commander who was heroic and smart in battle and one of the most important cartographers and sailor writers of his time. Starting with his days of piracy, he systematically wrote down his observations. Works he produced written by using the material he found on marine cartography and marine geography and the maps he produced have a distinguished place in history of science

The first great Turkish journalist, and the distinguished name of Tanzimat literature.
He started to work as the editor of the newspaper "Tercüman-ı Ahval" in 1860. Şinasi who presented his progressive ideas in a western style at the first privately owned paper of Turkey, is also the first editorial writer of this country.
His play, "Şair Evlenmesi", which is considered the first significant step of the Turkish theater, was also published in this paper.

Tevfik Fikret:

A Great Turkish Poet. His real personality in poetry emerged when he became the literary editor of the "Servet-i Fünun" journal. Fikret, while at first writing romantic lyrical poems made a sharp turn towards social issues after 1908 and the acceptance of the Constitution. His poems called "Sis" (Fog) and "Bir lahza-, Teehhür" tell us about the repressive regime of the Abdülhamit days. "Tarih-i Kadim" on the other hand is constructed with lines which tell about religious pressures and a wish to destroy reactionary attitudes.
very interesting mella i can now impress my turkish friends wit my history knowledge!!!lol buuut get ur bum to turkish class n do ur homework instead of post whoring young ladie!!!!( wags finger n looks stern) hahaha


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merlin said:
Dont see Umit in there Carmella he he
Ha Ha ...OOPS! How could I forget him :doh: I edited it...

(Lol and Sarah babe you've been spending too much time around Eline you big nag! I'll do it in a mo :p )