Selim Abdulakim

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Selim Abdulakim
Selim Abdulachim
Born 1886
Died 1943 (aged 56–57)
Constanta, Constanta County, Romania
Resting place Constanta Muslim Central Cemetery
44°10′23″N 28°37′20″E / 44.173120°N 28.622248°E / 44.173120; 28.622248
Nationality Crimean Tatar
Occupation lawyer, politician
Known for The first Crimean Tatar lawyer in Romania
Spouse(s) Sayide Selim (Saide Selim) (1894-1967)
Relatives Kázím Abdulakim (brother)
Şefika also known as Sapiye Abdulakim (sister)
Memet Niyaziy (brother-in-law)

Selim Abdulakim (also transliterated in Romanian as: Selim Abdulachim) (1886-1943) known as the first Crimean Tatar lawyer in Romania was a leading politician of the Tatars in Romania, an activist for ethnic Tatar causes.[1][2][3][4][5]

Biography

Selim was born in 1886. He was the brother of Second Lieutenant Kázím Abdulakim, a World War I hero of the Romanian Army who lost his life during the Battle of Mărăşeşti in 1917.[1][6] Selim’s sister Şefika, also known as Sapiye, was the wife of the beloved Crimean Tatar poet Memet Niyaziy.[1] Selim was married to Sayide (also spelled in Romanian as Saide).

Since 1911 he studied at Bucharest Law Faculty.[7] Between the two wars Selim was president of the Muslim community in Constanta[8] and Deputy Mayor of Constanta.[9] He was a Member of the Romanian Parliament where he defended the rights of the Muslims of Dobruja. He warned that as none of their wishes were taken into account, their emigration is a national threat.[10]

Selim loved to be of help and support for young people.[11] In 1929 he founded Selim Abdulakim Muslim Cultural Fund, a cultural association aimed at helping Muslim students from secondary schools and higher education, which had its office located in Constanta, at the corner of Ferdinand Avenue and Mircea cel Batran Street. [12]

Selim died on 28 March 1943 in Constanta.[13] He is resting in Constanta Muslim Central Cemetery at: 44.173120|28.622248. His wife, Sayide (1894-1967), rests in close proximity.

References

Sources

  • Agi-Amet, Gemal (1999). Dicţionarul personalităţilor turco-tătare din România (in Romanian). Constanta: Metafora. ISBN 9789739340274.
  • Scurtu, Costin (2011). "Comunitatea turco-tãtarã din Dobrogea în armatã". Tara Barsei (in Romanian). 2011 (10): 95. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  • Scurtu, Costin (24 September 2013), "Contribuţii la păstrarea tradiţiilor musulmane dobrogene în armata română", in Tasin Gemil; Gabriel Custurea; Delia Roxana Cornea, Simpozionul Internațional: Moştenirea culturală turcă în Dobrogea (in Romanian), Constanţa: Muzeul de Istorie Națională şi Arheologie
  • Lascu, Stoica (24 September 2013), "Turco-tătarii dobrogeni în lumina unor mărturii arhivistice constănţene (1885-1948)", in Tasin Gemil; Gabriel Custurea; Delia Roxana Cornea, Simpozionul Internațional: Moştenirea culturală turcă în Dobrogea (in Romanian), Constanţa: Muzeul de Istorie Națională şi Arheologie
  • Akmolla, Gúner (2009). Necip Hacı Fazıl (in Crimean Turkish) (III ed.). Constanta: Newline. pp. 54–56. ISBN 9786069206027. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  • Ciorbea, Valentin (2011), "Dinamica și structura socio profesională a populației dobrogene (decembrie 1918-septembrie 1940)", in Stela Cheptea; Marusia Cirstea; Horia Dumitrescu, Istorie si societate (in Romanian), II, Bucureşti: Editura Mica Valahie, pp. 207–208, ISBN 9789737858719
  • Petrescu, Marius (1999). "Tătari, şi totuşi fraţi". Formula AS (in Romanian). 1999 (383). Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  • Biblioteca Centrală Universitară Carol I. "Cerere de bursă din 1911" (in Romanian). Biblioteca Centrală Universitară Carol I. Retrieved 11 August 2015.

See also

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