Ali Bulaç

Sosyolog, İlahiyatçı, Gazeteci, Yazar

10 Mart, 1951
İstanbul Institute of Islâm, İstanbul University Faculty of Literature Department of Sociology

Writer (b. 10 March 1951, Mardin). After attending primary and secondary schools in Mardin, he graduated from İstanbul Institute of Islâm (1975) and İstanbul University, Faculty of Literature, Department of Sociology (1980). After working in Fikir ve Sanatta Hareket Review for a while, he began to publish monthly Düşünce  Review (1976-80). He worked as an editor-in-chief in the İnsan Publications (1984). He was one of the founders of the Zaman Newspaper and at the same time, became İstanbul representative of this newspaper (1986-87) and finally he worked as a chief editor in Kitap review (after 1988).

He became famous with his researches and studies on topics such as Contemporary Islamic World, Thought Problems, Social Change and Development. His essays, critiques, researches and studies were published in Hareket (1973), İslâm Medeniyeti (1974), Tohum (1973), Sur (1973), Düşünce (1976, 80), Tevhid (1979), Hicret (1979), Mavera (1986), Yeni Zemin, Nehir, Bilgi ve Hikmet Reviews and Millî Gazete (1976), Yeni Şafak ve Zaman Newspapers. He took the Prize of Thought of Writers’ Unions of Turkey with his work called İnsanın Özgürlük Arayışı (A Freedom Search of a Man, 1988).


STUDY-RESEARCH: Çağdaş Kavramlar ve Düzenler (Modern Concepts and Orders, 1976), Kur'an ve Sünnet Üzerine (On Koran and Muslim Practices and Rules, 1983), İslâm Dünyasında Toplumsal Değişme (Social Change in the Islamic World, 1987), İnsanın Özgürlük Arayışı (The Man’s Search for Freedom, 1988), Orta Doğu Gerçeği (The Facts in the Middle East, 1988), Gündemdeki Konular (Topics on Agenda, 1988), Bir Aydın Sapması (An Intellectual Distortion, 1989), Din ve Modernizm, İrtica ve Sivilleşme (Religion and Modernism, Islamic Reaction and Civilianization, 1995), İslâm ve Fanatizm (Islam and Fanatism, 1995), Kutsala, Tarihe ve Hayata Dönüş (The Return to the Divine, History and Life, 1995), İslâm Felsefesinde Din-Felsefe, Akıl-Vahiy İlişkisi (The Relations between Religion-Philosophy and Reason-Divine Inspirations in the Islamic Philosophy, 1995), Nuh'un Gemisine Binmek (Going on the Noah’s Ship, 1995), Modern Ulus Devlet (Modern Nation State, 1996), İslâm ve Demokrasi (Islam and Democracy), İslâm ve Fundamentalizm (Islam and Fundamentalism), İslâm Dünyasında Düşünce Sorunları (The Problems of Ideas in the Islamic World) ; Tarih, Toplum ve Gelenek (History,Society and Tradition).

MEAL: Kur'an-ı Kerim'in Türkçe Meali (Turkish Translation of Koran, 1983). 

REFERENCE: 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 (2007) – Ünlü Fikir ve Kültür Adamları (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 3, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013), Yazar Ali Bulaç ve Mümtazer Türköne gözaltına alındı (, 27.07.2016), Zaman gazetesinin eski ekibine operasyon (, 27.07.2016), Zaman Gazetesi'nin 6 eski çalışanı tutuklandı  (, 31.07.2016), Ali Bulaç cezaevinden çıktı (, 12.05.2018), Zaman gazetesi davasında karar (Anadolu Ajansı,,  06.07.2018), Zaman gazetesi davasında ceza yağdı (AA – Hürriyet Haber, 06.07.2018).






Man is to make a choice at the breakpoint of the century: either he will perish together with the planet, or to attain salvation by resorting to what is real.

The conflict basically is between Religion and Modernism. All economical and military issues and crises, both social and individual, both spiritual and intellectual, both national and international, such as environmental pollution and other crises marking our times are all derivations of this basic contradiction.

What gives us hope is the deep tremor of the domination of this modernity, which seems absolute, and the man's doubt about the myth of rationalism, positivism and progress to head towards the real, possible and redemptive paradigm of religion.

Our conclusion is this study is that religion in general and Islam in particular has a well-established answer to modernism. Religion has always existed, but its realization in life at the current level had to wait for a process that required massive efforts.  






The Islamic society has come to our times through a rich and complex history, in which political and philosophical movements, and social and economical processes have interacted through rapid change to give rise to the great social reality that we call Islamic society today.

However, this society has numerous problems, such as political instability, rapid social and economical changes, urbanization, presentation of new ideologies and the shift from the agricultural society to an industrial one.

It is beyond doubt that the present problems had their roots in the past. Particularly the last two centuries have been crucial to this.

Ali Bulaç pursues the general process of changes in the history of Islam and regards the fundamental problems of our day through a wide perspective to bring an explanation. The keywords to his study are history, tradition, humanism, culture, change, religion, intellectual, ulema, atheism, modernism, colonialism and imperialism.






Considering the relations of Islam with the West from its birth until today, the confrontations of the two worlds in cultural, social and economical fields have determined the content and limits of the crucial phenomenon known as “change”. A series of events that seem to have ended in the past still continue to have its effects on the present. We have to resort to the testimony of history to comprehend the phenomenon that we now experience. As “change” is a continuous process where nothing interrupts itself, the Islamic society continues to change as much as it did in the past and maintains its vitality. What we have to understand is to determine the right direction for the movement, and this will be demonstrated to us by the efforts to study the concept of “change” on all social fields.

This work should be regarded as a modest contribution to give rise to such efforts.






This work deals with the relationship between the religions in general and between Islam and fanatism in particular. The study asks: Is fanatism a predicate in the origin of religions? Can the ideas and tendencies, such as fanatism and integrism, which constrict their message and aim to exert pressure on others be related to Islam? Such questions require a vast field of research to find the answers.

The writer therefore illustrates a theoretical and legal framework of the Islamic doctrine and applies to the historical experience. Besides, he deals with the legal violations in the Islamic world, while presenting an overview of the relationship of religion and the state and the situation in human rights.

We believe that the study is interesting and explanatory with its specific conclusions that reach beyond the common notions.



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