Writer and politician. She was born in 1968 in Ankara. Her childhood years passed in Istanbul, Ankara and Erzurum. After completing
her secondary education in TED Ankara College,
she started to study in the Faculty of Medicine of the Ankara University.
She was obliged to leave her education of medicine in the second year because
of the headscarf ban. She settled in USA with her family. She took
computer engineering education at the University
of Texas and studied master degree of
public administration at the Kennedy School of Government of the Harvard University. She became a hafiz when she
returned back to Turkey.
She worked as the President of the External Relations of the Hanımlar Komisyonu
(T.N. Commission of Women) at the Refah Party and then at the Fazilet Party
after the Refah Party was closed.
She was selected as a Congresswoman from Istanbul from the list of the Fazilet Party
in the general elections established in 1999. However, she was disallowed to
swear because she was wearing a headscarf. The leader of the DS Party, Bülent
Ecevit spoke as “Bring in to line this
woman”. She was protested by the congressmen of all the parties except the Refah
Party and she was forced to leave TBMM. After that, she was denaturalized and
her deputyship was ended. The deputyship of Merve Kavakçı with a headscarf was
shown as the reason for the Refah Party to be closed and Kavakçı was forbidden
to do politics during five years.
After returning to USA,
she became an academic member in the department of International Relations of
the George Washington
University in Washington. She worked as a columnist in the
newspaper Vakit and as a consultant
in the USA International Religious Freedom Commission.
Başörtüsüz Demokrasi – Tarih İçinde Tarih (2004), Batı'da
Müslüman Olmak (2008), Örtünün Altında Kalanlar (2008), Dünyanın Güzel İnsanları (2008), Siyasetin Oyunu (2008), Dünyanın Güzel İnsanları (2008).
REFERENCE: Metin Sever / Türban ve Kariyer (2006, s. 191-192), İhsan Işık / Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006) – Ünlü Kadınlar (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 6, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013), Merve Kavakçı, üçüncü kez evlendi (patronlardunyasi.com, 25 Temmuz 2010), Gülay Göktürk / Yolu açmak (Bugün, 29 Kasım 2010), Yeni büyükelçiler kararnamesi yayımlandı! Listede sürpriz bir isim var (Milliyet.com.tr, 26.07.2017).