Murat Bardakçı

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Murat Bardakçı
Born Murat Gökhan Bardakçı
25 December 1955
Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Occupation Journalist, Economist
Known for Musicology, History of the Ottoman Empire during World War I, , Decline and modernization of the Ottoman Empire, Islamic History Journalism
Notable work The Remaining Documents of Talaat Pasha

Murat Gökhan Bardakçı (born 25 December 1955) is a Turkish journalist working on Ottoman history and Turkish music history. He is also a columnist for Habertürk newspaper.

Biography[edit]

Bardakçı was born in 1955 in İstanbul. An economist by training, he was trained in Turkish classical music by some of the most-reputed contemporary masters, in tambur and singing at first, with his primary interests directed more towards theory and musical history later. He published several researches on musical history (notably the biographies of the composers Abd al-Qadir Maraghi and Refik Fersan) and with the start of a journalistic career in Hürriyet, expanded the scope of his writings on Ottoman and general Islamic history, with marked emphasis on the 19th and the early-20th centuries. Two of his books on the end of the Ottoman dynasty, "Son Osmanlılar" (The Last Ottomans) and Şahbaba (literally, The Emperor-father), a biography of Mehmed VI Vahideddin, became best-sellers in Turkey, the former also having been carried over to the screen in the form a TV serial.

He married Ayşegül Manav in 2009.[2]

Since 2008 he has co-hosted the history programme "Tarihin Arka Odası" (The Backroom of History) and its successor "Tarihin İzinde" (On the Track of History) with historian Erhan Afyoncu and several others, including Turkish art historian Nurhan Atasoy, on Haberturk TV.[3]

Talat Pasha's Black Book[edit]

Murat Bardakçı is the editor of the Black Book, Ottoman Minister of Interior Talat Pasha's recording of relocations of Turkish-Muslim and Armenian Christian Ottoman citizens in World War I conditions. Published by Bardakçı for the first time in 2005,[4] they were handed over to him by Talat Pasha's widow, Hayriye Talat Bafralı, along with a batch of other documents comprising letters he had sent her and telegrammes exchanged between Committee of Union and Progress members. In April 2006, Bardakçı re-edited the black book in full, adding parts that were missing in the first publication. The 1915-1916 resettlements cited in Talat Pasha Black Book of 702,905 Turks from regions under threat of occupation by Russian forces and of 924,158 Armenians in accordance with 27 May 1915 Tehcir Law are qualified as exposing the genocide by one Armenian source which goes on to recall the clauses of the 1948 UN Convention on Genocide.[5]

Criticism of Wikipedia and disputes[edit]

Bardakçı's view of history and arguments in his columns and programs lead to some disputes in Turkish media. Besides this, he is critical of the accuracy of Wikipedia. Giving the example of his own biography on Wikipedia having falsely put forward that he had 4 children, and emphasizing the negative implications of such an accessible source upon students' academic performance in the form of plagiarism,[6] he declared that (Turkish version) Wikipedia should be banned.[7]

On the other hand, although he emphasises that he is not a historian, his works mainly contain historical documents and its interpretations and yet he can be qualified as being close to the English school of history writing in the context of historical method or historiography but this side of his works usually finds no reference in his books.

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