Falih Rıfkı Atay

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Falih Rıfkı Atay
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Born 1894
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire
Died March 20, 1971(1971-03-20) (aged 77)
Istanbul, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Occupation Journalist, writer and politician
Political party Republican People's Party (CHP)
Children 1

Falih Rıfkı Atay (1894, Istanbul – 20 March 1971, Istanbul) was a Turkish journalist, writer and politician between 1923 and 1950.[1]

He was the son of Halil Hilmi Efendi, an imam. He was educated in Istanbul, then Ottoman Empire.[1] Falih began his career as a journalist in the Tanin, a CUP newspaper.[1] He later became the private secretary of Talat Pasha, and during World War I accompanied Jamal Pasha in the Sinai and Palestine Campaign.[1] After the war, he, with three other friends, founded the newspaper Akşam supporting the Turkish War of Independence.[1] In 1922, he travelled to the recaptured Izmir to visit Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Later, he became an editor-in-chief in the Hakimiyet-i Milliye. He entered politics in 1923, and served as deputy of Bolu and later Ankara in the parliament until the Turkish general election, 1950.[1]

He is the author of more than 30 works.[1]

Falih Rıfkı Atay died on 20 March 1971 in Istanbul. He was interred at Zincirlikuyu Cemetery in Istanbul.


A nature park inside the Belgrad Forest in Sarıyer district of Istanbul Province was named in his honor in 2011.[2]

Selected works

  • Ateş ve Güneş, (Fire and Sun), 1918, Memories of World War I in Syria and Palestine
  • Zeytindağı (Mount of Olives), 1932, Memories of World War I in Syria and Palestine
  • Yeni Rusya (New Russia), 1931, Travelbook


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Bosworth, Clifford Edmund (1980). The Encyclopaedia of Islam, New Edition:. Brill Archive. p. 98. ISBN 9789004061675. 
  2. ^ "Falih Rıfkı Atay Tabiat Parkı" (in Turkish). İstanbul Tabiat Parkları. Retrieved 2016-05-23. 

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