R.I.P Şerif Mardin. A very big loss for Social Sciences in Turkey

Going beyond the local polarizations, Prof. Mardin paved the way for recent developments in social sciences in Turkey.

Şerif Mardin – Wikipedia


Şerif Mardin (born 1927) is a prominent Turkish sociologist, political scientist, academic and thinker. In a 2008 publication, he was referred to as the “doyen of Turkish sociology.”[1]

I did benefit from every one of his writings.
I would particularly point out:
  • Center and periphery in the Ottoman Empire, New York: Syracuse University Press 2005

Still a guide to understand Turkish politics.

And one of his short and forgotten piece on the lack of daemonic thinking in Turkish thought (I could not find which one was that but it always comes up in my mind).

update: Some colleagues critic harshly but he was the first one to offer a sociological account of Said Nursi, forefather of Nurcus, from whom Fethullah Gülen would be a prominent leader…

  • Religion and Social Change in Modern Turkey: The Case of Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1989[17]

Prominent Turkish sociologist, political scientist, academic and thinker Şerif Mardin[1] died at the age of 90 on Wednesday.

Referred to as the “doyen of Turkish sociology,” Mardin was known for his work on the historical sociology and intellectual history of the Ottoman Empire.

Mavi Boncuk |

Şerif Mardin, a well-known Turkish sociologist and political scientist, passed away on Sept. 6 in Istanbul.

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