Educator, writer and respected teacher (b. 1895, İstanbul - d. 1974). He is the son of Ankara Judge İsmail Abdülhalim Efendi and brother of literature historian Fahir İz. He attended completed his high school education in Midilli, Balıkesir, Isparta, Medina, İstanbul and Ankara high schools. He graduated from Ankara Sultan’s School Department of Literature. He worked as clerk of minutes of the First Grand National Assembly and as teacher in İstanbul Imam-Hatip School. He studied in the faculty of Chemistry for two years and faculty of Law for one year. He graduated from the Faculty of Letters (1936). He gave literature lessons in Haydarpaşa High School, oratory, irşad* and mystic literature history lessons in İstanbul Higher Institute of Islam.
He is one of the persons famous in the field of Islamic sciences and mystic literature. A large group of intellectuals participated in his conversations and tried to benefit from him. He published his articles and poems in Sa'y (Ankara), Sebilürreşad, Yeni İstiklal, İslâm Düşüncesi, Bugün, Yeni Asya, Sabah, Yeni İstanbul journals and newspapers using the pen name Maksud Kâmuran. He simplified Kısas-ı Enbiya ve Tevarih-i Hulefa of Ahmed Cevdet Paşa in his last years. He chaired the reduction board of the Interpretation of Koran, which was had prepared by the Department of Religious Affairs.
Din ve Cemiyet (Religion and Society, 1973), Tasavvuf (Mystic Literature, 1969), Yılların İzi (Trace of Years, 1975).
REFERENCE: Abdullah Mahir İz / Yılların İzi - Tasavvuf (1997), Mahir İz Özel Sayısı , (Tohum dergisi, sayı: 85, Mart 1975), Uğur Derman / Mahir Hocadan İzler (Kubbealtı Akademi Mecmuası, c. 6, sayı: l, s. 15-26, 1975), Osman Öztürk (İslâmî Edebiyat, sayı: 2, 1988), İhsan Işık / Yazarlar Sözlüğü (1990, 1998) - Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) – Encyclopedia of Turkish Authors (2005) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007) - Ünlü Fikir ve Kültür Adamları (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 3, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013), M. Ertuğrul Düzdağ / Hocam Mahir İz Bey ve Hatıralarım (Zaman, 24-30.8.1994), Mustafa Özdamar / Mahir İz Hoca (1995), Mustafa Uzun / TDV İslâm Ansiklopedisi (c. 23, 2001), Mehmet Nuri Yardım / Edebiyatımızın Güleryüzü (2002), Mustafa Özdamar / Mahir İz Hoca (2014).