Writer (b. 4 September 1947, Kalecik / Ankara). He started his primary education in Kalecik and completed his education at Ulus Primary School and Cebeci Elementary School in Ankara after his family had moved to Ankara. He entered the Advanced School of Press and Publishing, Faculty of Social Sciences after he had graduated from Ankara Gazi High School in 1986. He graduated from the Department of Radio and Television at this school in 1972. He worked at the Turkish Historical Society (as an editor, 1975-77), the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (as an advisor to the general manager (1972-74) and at Dergâh Publications (1978). He did not work for some time. He was involved in the founding of the Writers Union of Turkey and established Birlik Publications (1978-80). He started to work as a contractual film producer and scriptwriter at the film department of the Ministry of Culture. He served as a member of the Film Inspection Committee. He left the Ministry of Culture in 1986. He joined the editorial team of the newspaper Zaman and wrote daily articles for this newspaper with the title Kimlik (Identity) (1986-87). He was arrested with two of his friends and put on trial at the State Security Courts (1987) because he placed a black wreath in front of the Tunisian Embassy protesting the punishment of the Tunisian writer Gannuşi, but he was acquitted. He left the newspaper Zaman in the same year. He wrote for the review Yörünge for a time (1991-92). He gave lectures on being a writer at Gazi University, Faculty of Communications (1991-93). He wrote daily articles for the newspaper Vakit (Akit) (1994-1996) and worked as the General Director of Birlik Medya A.Ş (1994-95). He was selected as a member of the Turkish Radio Television Supreme Committee by the Turkish Grand National Assembly in 1996.
He started to work in the review Fikir ve San’atta Hareket while he was a student at university. Apart from Hareket, he has written for reviews such as Türk Edebiyatı, Mavera, İslâm, İlim ve Sanat, İzlenim and Nehir. Doğan planned the publication of the Encyclopedia of Turkish Language and Literature and organized the first volumes. He wrote various articles for this encyclopedia. He also organized the publication of the Turkish Family Encyclopedia (3 volumes, 1991-92).
He has especially studied social and economic history, history of thought, journalism and language. He has also written television scripts and screenplays. He has worked on the production of various programs and films. Doğan was one of the founders of the Mehmet Âkif Thought and Art Foundation, the Writers Union of Turkey and the Foundation of Turkish Volunteer Organizations. He was the Chairman of the Writers Union of Turkey for a long time (1978-1996) and was the Director of the Culture and Arts Almanac, which was published by this organization (1984-1996). He was also the founder of the Writers Union of Turkey Foundation and served as the chairman of the Board of Trustees (1991-1996). He contributed towards the introduction of written works by collecting writers in a forum and introducing great Turkish writers, living and dead. He worked for the permanent commemoration of “The March of Independence” writer Mehmet Âkif Ersoy and protecting the Taceddin Dervish Lodge where Mehmet Âkif Ersoy lived in Ankara during the National Struggle. He put forward the project to demolish the illegally built constructions around the Taceddin Lodge and converting the area to a “March of Independence Garden / Park”. In 1998, he started the “Phases Lectures” at the Writers Union of Turkey in order to study the foundation texts of the Turkish language. He has pioneered the poetry festivals held in cities and districts such as Dursunbey, Suçıktı, Çorum and Konya. He planned the Writers School Preparation to Writing Seminars and pioneered the beginning of writing education in Turkey (2000).
He won the Turkish National Culture Foundation Encouragement Award (1978) with his work Tarih ve Toplum (History and Society), the Writers Union of Turkey Language Award (1982) with Büyük Türkçe Sözlük (The Grand Turkish Dictionary, 1982) and the International Kaşgarlı Mahmut Award by the Writers Union of Uzbekistan with the Expanded 10th Edition of the Grand Turkish Dictionary in 1995. He won the 7th Balkan Service to Turkish Culture Award for his services to the Turkic World and the cultures of Balkan Turks. He is a pioneer of international Turkish poetry festivals that have become important places for reestablishing relations and improving cultural and literary ties within the Turkic World.
STUDY-RESEARCH: Batılılaşma İhaneti (The Treason of Being Western, 1975), Tarih ve Toplum-Toplum Yapımızın Tarihi Oluşumu (History and Society – the Foundation of Our Social Structure, 1977), Dil Kültür Yabancılaşma (Language Culture Alienation, 1984), Halka Karşı Demokrasi (Democracy Against the People, 1988), Camideki Şair-Mehmet Akif (Poet in the Mosque – Mehmet Akif, 1989), Türkiye’de Darbeler Müdahaleler ve Siyasî Sistem (Coup Interventions and the Political System, 1990), Kemalizm (Kemalism, 1992, expanded edition with the name Bir Savaş Sonrası İdeolojisi: Kemalizm-A Post-War Ideology: Kemalism, 1994), Kültürel Savaş ve Savaş Kültürü (Cultural War and The Culture of War, 1992), İletişim veya Dehşet Çağı (Communication or The Age of Fear, 1993), Türkistan Türkiye Gergefinde İran (Iran within the Framework of Turkey and Turkistan, 1996), Kitaplık Kılavuzu (Book Guide, 1996), Türkendülüsiye (Turkendulisia, 1998), Bir Lügat Bulamadım (I Could Not Find a Dictionary, 2001), Yüzyılın Soykırımı (The Genocide of the Century, 2004), Neden Klasiklerimiz Yok (2016).
DICTIONARY: Büyük Türkçe Sözlük (The Grand Turkish Dictionary, 1981, expanded 15th. edition 2001), Okullar İçin Büyük Türkçe Sözlük (Big Dictionary for Elementary School, 1984, 6th. edition, 1996), İlk Sözlük (Primary Dictionary, 1989), Temel Büyük Türkçe Sözlük (Basic Turkish Dictionary, 1994, 3rd edition, 1996).
SCREENPLAY: Sanat Sözlüğü (Dictionary of Art, 1977), Ulucami (Ulucami, 1977), Şairler Meydanı (Poets’ Square, 1978), Kaybolan Şehirler (Lost Cities, 1985), Nureddin Topçu (Nureddin Topçu, 1985), Mehmed Akif (Mehmet Akif, 1986), Yaşayan Geçmiş (The Living Past, 1987), Mimar Sinan (Mimar Sinan 1988).
REFERENCE: Sedat Yenigün / Batılılaşma İhaneti (Ortadoğu, 26.11.1975), Mete Tunçay
(Milliyet Sanat, 28.11.1975), 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, 2009) - Ünlü Fikir
ve Kültür Adamları (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 3, 2013) - Encyclopedia
of Turkey’s Fomous People (2013), Âfet
Ilgaz / Kitap Mevsimi Kitaplar Lisan (Millî Gazete, 25.11.2001), D. Mehmet