Ersoy, Mehmet Akif
Born: 1873 AD
Died: 1936 AD, at 63 years of age.
1873 - Mehmet Akif Ersoy, a Poet and man of thought born in Istanbul, Turkey. He was the son of Ipekli Tahir Efendi, a Albanian tutor at Fatih Madrasah. Mehmet Akif’s mother came from a family who migrated from Buhara and settled in Istanbul.
1893 - He attended the Halkal1 School of Veterinarian, after his father died and their house burned down and he graduated with the first degree.
1895 - His first poem was published in the school journal at the School of Veterinarian and his first professional work of poetry (Kurana Hitap-A Preach on Koran) appeared in Resimli Gazete.
1898 - He published translations from Iranli Hafiz and Sadi in Servet i Funun.
1908 - 1910 - He was recognized with his poems and stories in verse published in the Sebilürre_ad review.
1908 - Working as a teacher at the School of Veterinerian, Akif published the reviews Sirat i Mustakim and Sebilurresad with his friend Esref Edib.
1912 - He defended the idea of Unity of Islam in his articles published in S1rat-1 Müstakim and Sebilurresad and at his preaches in Fatih, Beyazit, Sehzadebas1, Suleymaniye mosques.
1913 - He resigned from his office due to the Balkan War.
1914 - He was sent to Germany during the war by the Ottoman Intelligence Service on the invitation of the German government.
- He was appointed as the first secretary to High Islamic Counsil.
1919 - He tried to encourage people in his preaches at mosques in Bal1kesir in order to support the National Struggle rising in the Western Anatolia after the invasion of Izmir.
1920 - His Sebilürre_ad was published in Kastamonu on the 20th of November.
- He was dismissed from Dar'ul Hikmeti'l Islamiye for his actions on the 20th of December.
1921 - His poem was enthusiastically read out at the Turkish Grand National Assembly and was accepted as the National Anthem.
1923 - He was elected as deputy from Burdur and served at this office.
1925 - 1935 - He worked as a professor of Turkish language and literature at the University of Egypt.
1936 - He died on the 27th of December. He is buried at the Edirnekap1 War Cemetery, next to the grave of Babanzade Ahmed Naîm Efendi.
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