Researcher and writer (b. 2 March 1948, Topçali village / Kahramanmaraş). His master’s thesis was “Vakıflar” (Foundations, 1980). His PhD thesis was “Kültür ve Müessesler Tarihi” (History of Culture and Institutions, 1990). He worked at the Department of Religious Affairs (1968-74). In the General Directorate of Religious Foundations he worked he as provincial assistant district manager, as a district manager, branch manager, department president, an assistant general director and central deputy general director (1975-1996). When he was deputy general director he was also Minister of Information. He was appointed Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture in 1997. He also worked as an advisor to the ministry for a while and later retired with the title Deputy Undersecretary in 2000. In the same year and in 2002 he was elected as the General President of the Writers Union of Turkey.
He organized the activities for the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Writers Union of Turkey in 2003 as general president and organized 35 national and international activities. Among these activities, between 16-18 October 2003 in Strasbourg in France, he arranged the program of the 5th Turkish International Poetry Festival held with the attendance of more than 150 poets, scientists, artists and dialect experts from all over the world. He has carried out research and observations in the Far and Middle East, Caucasia, the Balkans, Western European countries and the United States.
His first article with the title Sergüzeşt (Adventure) appeared in the newspaper Gonca in 1966 and his first poem Seni Düşünürüm (I Think of You) in the review Tek Yol in 1972. His other works have appeared in the reviews Gonca, Diyanet, Vakiflar, Vakıf Haftası Kitabı, İslâmîAraştırmalar, Türk Dünyası, İlim ve Sanat, Yeni Türkiye, Hareket Mavera, Hilâl, Ay Vakti Bizim Külliye, Sütçü İmam, Yol Kültürü the newspaper Zaman and others. He won the Writers Union of Turkey Award in the field of research with his work titled Türk Yenileşme Tarihi Çerçevesinde Vakıf Müessesesi (Religious Foundations within the Framework of Turkish Regeneration History). He is known for the research he has carried out on religious foundation culture and foundation institutions.
Menşe’i ve Tarihi Gelişimi Açısından Vakiflar (Religious Foundations in Relation to their Origin and Historical Development 1983), Türk Yenileşme Tarihi Çerçevesinde Vakıf Müessesesi (Religious Foundations in the framework of Turkish Regeneration History, 1995), Elmalılı M. Hamdi Gözü İle Vakıflar (Religious Foundations from the view of Elmalılı M.Hamdi, 1995), Sümbüliye Tarikatı ve Koca Mustafa Paşa Külliyesi (The Sümbüliye Religious Order and the Institutional Buildings of Koca Mustafa Paşa, 1999), Azınlık Vakıfları (Minority Foundations, 2003).
He has also translated works.
REFERENCE: Osman Kuntman / Menşe’i ve Tarihî Gelişimi Açısından Vakıflar (İstanbul Barosu, 1985), Hasan Yüksel / Batılılaşma Sürecinde Vakıflar (Tarih ve Toplum, Ekim 1996), 3. Sektör (Nisan 1996), Tuncer Baykara / Kitabiyat (Türk Yurdu, Ocak 1997), Mustafa Çetin Baydar / Osmanlı’nın Sırları Yahut Sümbülî Bağından Fışkıran Hayat (Muhalif, 2-6.6.2000), İhsan Işık / Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007) – Ünlü Bilim Adamları (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 2, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013), Nazif Öztürk ile Söyleşi (Ay Vakti dergisi, 19. Sayı, Nisan 2002).