Society, Politics, and Economy in Modern Turkey: Sociology of Turkey - Maintained by Tugrul Keskin
We are at a point in our work when we can no longer ignore empires and the imperial context in our studies. (p. 5)
― Edward W. Said, Culture and Imperialism

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Leading Turkish historian Halil İnalcık dies at age 100


Historian and writer Professor Halil İnalcık passed away at the age of 100 on Monday in Ankara where he had been receiving medical treatment. İnalcık died of multiple organ failure and will be buried in the family grave on July 28.  Dubbed later in life "the professor of professors," İnalcık was born in Istanbul on Sept. 7, 1916. His father Seyit Osman Nuri Bey and his mother Ayşe Bahriye Hanım were Crimean migrants. İnalcık once told some biographers that he was of Crimean Tatar origin, but his ancestors were Kipchak Turks, who resided in Crimea, too, for centuries. He went to Ankara Gazi Elementary School before enrolling in teaching school in Sivas. After studying in Sivas for a few years, İnalcık was transferred to the teaching school in Ankara from where he graduated. He finished Necati Bey Teaching School, which was one of the best high schools in Turkey back then, received his bachelor's degree from Ankara University's Faculty of Languages, History and Geography (DTCF) and completed his master's studies in 1940. He attended lectures of such prolific professors at the faculty as M. Göker, B. S. Baykal and F. Köprülü. İnalcık graduated from the faculty in 1940.  In the same year, İnalcık prepared a special seminar on Timur I of the Timurid Dynasty, which attracted the attention of Fuat Köprülü. Thus, İnalcık was appointed as a scientific assistant for the Modern Era Branch of the history department.



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