Famous Turkish Activists

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Fethullah Gülen
(Co-founder of the Gulen movement, popular particularly in Turkey)
Fethullah Gülen
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Birthdate: April 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pasinler, Erzurum, Turkey
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Elif Shafak
(Writer)
Elif Shafak
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Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France

Known widely as Turkey’s most popular female author, Elif Shafak is best known for her Booker-shortlisted bestseller 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World. A fierce advocate for gender equality and LGBTQ rights, she is also a 3-time TEDGlobal speaker. She now lives in London, on a self-imposed exile.

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Hrant Dink
(Journalist)
Hrant Dink
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Birthdate: September 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Malatya
Died: January 19, 2007
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Helin Bölek
(Singer)
Helin Bölek
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Birthdate: 1992 AD
Birthplace: Bağlar, Turkey
Died: April 3, 2020
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Deniz Gezmiş
(Revolutionary, Political activist)
Deniz Gezmiş
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Birthdate: February 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ayaş, Turkey
Died: May 6, 1972
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Ozge Ozder
(Actress)
Ozge Ozder
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Birthdate: April 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ankara, Turkey
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Leyla Zana
(Politician)
Leyla Zana
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Birthdate: May 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Silvan, Diyarbakır
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Halide Edib Adıvar
(Iconic Turkish Novelist Who Was Also a Socio-Political and Women's Rights Activist)
Halide Edib Adıvar
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Birthdate: June 11, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Beşiktaş, Turkey
Died: January 9, 1964

Remembered as a pioneer of the modern Turkish novel, Turkish author Halide Edib Adıvar was also a champion for women’s rights and a teacher. Actively associated with the Turkish socio-political movements, she was a regular at Turkish social clubs and gained fame for works such as Yeni Turan and Handan.

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Memet Ali Alabora
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Birthdate: November 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
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Ali Suavi
(Political activist)
Ali Suavi
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Birthdate: December 8, 1839
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
Died: May 20, 1878
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Pınar Selek
(Sociologist, Feminist & Author Known For Her Work on the Rights of Vulnerable Communities in Turkey)
Pınar Selek
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Birthdate: October 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
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Ragıp Zarakolu
(journalist, author, publisher, translator)
Ragıp Zarakolu
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Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Turkey