Islamic intellectual (b. 1887, Balıkesir - d. 1964, İstanbul). He received primary and secondary education in Balıkesir. He also learned the Islamic sciences, Arabic and Persian in Balıkesir at the Sufi Theology School. He also wrote for the reviews Nasihat, Balıkesir and Ses published in Balıkesir.
He was once arrested for some of his articles. He supported the National Struggle not only with his writing but also in his actions in resisting the establishment. He was among the first members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey as a parliamentary deputy for Balıkesir. Later, he resumed his job as a literature teacher and writer in his hometown. He retired in 1928. Hasan Basri who wrote under the pen names Siretî and Nasuhî Dede was especially known for his studies on the interpretation of the Koran.
Kur'ân-ı Hakîm ve Meâl-i Kerim (The Ruling of the Koran and Meaning of the Righteous, 3 volumes, 1957), Babamın Şiirleri (My Father’s Poems, by his son, 1964), Akifnâme (Book of Akif, 1966), Hadis Mealleri (The Meanings of Hadis*, 3 volumes, 1958), Karagünler ve İbret Levhaları (Dark Days and Exemplary Signs, memoir, undated), Ülkü Edebiyatı, Zekâ Demetleri (Idealist Literature, Bouquets of Intelligence, 1962), Mektepli Yavrularıma (To My Kids at School).
Also, his works Şifa Tercümesi (The Translation of Medical Cures), Kalendernâme (Book of Humility, philosophical work), Divân-ü Lugati't-Türk Tercümesi (Translation of the Dictionary of Turkish Languages), İslâmda Cihad (The Holy War in Islam) were not published.
REFERENCE: Vehbi Vakkasoğlu / Osmanlıdan Cumhuriyete İslâm Alimleri (s. 31-49, 1987), Aydın Talay / “İnandığını Yaşayan Bir İnsan: Hasan Basri Çantay” (Zaman 3 Aralık 1991, İstanbul), Ahmet Ersöz / Vefatının 25. Yıldönümünde Hasan Basri Çantay (Zaman, 3.12.1989), Emin Işık / “Çantay, Hasan Basri” (TDV İslâm Ansiklopedisi, c. 8, s. 218-219, 1993), Mücteba Uğur / Hasan Basri Çantay (1994), Kemal Öztürk / İlk Meclis (1999), İbnülemin Mahmud Kemal İnal / Son Asır Türk Şairleri (c. 4, 2002), İhsan Işık / Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, 2007) - Ünlü Bilim Adamları (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 2, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013).