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AYAN, Hüseyin

Researcher and writer (b. 31 March 1927, Akdere village / Sumnu / Bulgaria). He attended Akdere Village Primary school (1938) and Şumnu Junior High School and graduated from Şumnu High School in 1946. He graduated from Erzurum Atatürk University, Department of Turkish Language and Literature in 1963. He worked as a primary school teacher in Akdere (1946-47) and in Yenitsa in the Balkans (1948-49). After returning from military service, he worked in the Land and Housing General Directorate in several posts including manager. (1952-60). In 1963 he worked at the general secretariat at Erzurum University, Faculty of Science and Literature and in following year he became an assistant. His doctorate thesis was Seyyid Nesimi, Hayatı, Eserleri ve Türkçe Divanı’nın Tenkidli Metni (Seyyid Nesimi, His Life and Works and Critique of the Text of His Turkish Divan*) in 1979. He was made associate professor in 1975 and he became a professor at Fırat University where he has stared to work in 1983. He was appointed as Selçuk University’s Dean of the Faculty of Theology; at the same time he was a teaching member of the Faculty of Education at the same university.

His research was published in Türk Kültürü (1965), Edebiyat Fakültesi Araştırma Dergisi (1971-83), Konya İlahiyat Fakültesi Dergisi (1986-88) and the newspapers Tercüman (1974-88), Bayrak (1985) and Zaman (1987). He won the Turkish National Culture Foundation Jury Special Award in 1982 with his research Cevirî / Hayatı, Edebî Kişiliği, Eserleri ve Divanı’nın Tenkidli Metni (Cevri/His Life, Literary Personality, Works and Critique of the Text of his Divan*, 1981).


Namık Kemal / Celaleddin Harzemşah (Namık Kemal / Celaleddin Harzemşah, text, 1965), Şeyh Galib/ Hüsnü Aşk (Şeyh Galib / Beauty and Love) with Orhan Okyay, with preface by M. Kaya Bilgegil, research and text, 1975), Şeyhoğlu Mustafa/ Hurşidnâme (Şeyhoğlu Mustafa / The Book of the Soul, research and text, 1979), Fuzuli/ Leyla and Mecnun (Fuzuli / Leyla and Mecnun, text, 1981), Rifai/ Bülbülname (Rifai, Book of the Nightingale, research and text, 1981), Cevirî / Hayatı, Edebî Kişiliği, Eserleri ve Divan'ının Tenkidli Metni (Ceviri /Life, Literary Personality, Works and Critique of the Text of his Divan*, 1981), Celili / Hicvname (Celili / Book of Satire, research and text, 1986), Celili / Mihenkname (Celili / the Book of Principle, research and text, 1986).