Ahmet Taner Kışlalı

Ahmet Taner Kışlalı (10 July 1939 – 21 October 1999) was a Turkish professor, politician, and commentator.[1] He served in the Parliament of Turkey in 1977 and was minister of culture in 1978 and 1979.

Ahmet Taner Kışlalı
Statue of Ahmet Taner Kışlalı in Çayyolu, Ankara
Minister of Culture of Turkey
In office
5 January 1978 – 12 November 1979
Preceded byAvni Akyol
Succeeded byTevfik Koraltan
Personal details
Born(1939-07-10)10 July 1939
Zile, Tokat, Turkey
Died21 October 1999(1999-10-21) (aged 60)
Ankara, Turkey



Kışlalı completed his primary and secondary education in Kilis, and graduated from "Kabataş Erkek Lisesi" high school in Istanbul in 1957.[2]

Kışlalı received a degree from the School of Political Sciences at Ankara University, in 1963, where he was the assistant editor of College newspaper Yeni Gün.[3] He got his PhD on "Çağdaş Türkiye'de Siyasal Güçler" (Political Powers in Contemporary Turkey) from the University of Paris, Department of Constitutional Law and Political Science. He worked as a lecturer in Hacettepe University from 1968 until 1972, then working as an assistant professor at Ankara University, and later an associate professor in 1977.[2]

Politically, he was a Kemalist who adopted the views of democratic socialism and social democracy.[4][5][6] In 1977 he was elected to the Turkish parliament, Grand National Assembly of Turkey, as deputy of İzmir. Between the years 1978 and 1979, he was appointed to position of ministry of culture, by prime minister Bülent Ecevit.[7] During his term of ministry, he restarted the effort of printing classical works by the state press, making these available to masses at reasonable prices.

After the military coup of 12 September 1980, Ahmet Taner Kışlalı went back to the academia, and became a full professor in 1988.[3] He continued to give lectures on political science in Department of Communication at Ankara University, after his retirement. Starting from 1991, he had a regular column in the leftist newspaper Cumhuriyet with the title "Haftaya Bakış" ("A View of the Week").


Grave of Ahmet Taner Kışlalı at Karşıyaka Cemetery.

On 21 October 1999, shortly after having faxed his article to Cumhuriyet at 9:40 h local time, Ahmet Taner Kışlalı left his home and headed for his car. As he got in the car, he noticed a package placed at the windshield wiper. He picked it up with his left arm, and at that moment an explosion occurred tearing off his left arm at elbow. His wristwatch penetrated into his head together with bomb shrapnel.[8]

After memorial services held at the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Faculty of Communications in Ankara University, Grand Theatre of Ankara Opera House, Ankara Office of Cumhuriyet newspaper, and religious funeral service at Kocatepe Mosque, he was laid to rest at Karşıyaka Cemetery in Ankara.[9]

See also



  1. ^ "Ahmet Taner Kislali". Committee to Protect Journalists. 21 October 1999. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Ahmet Taner Kışlalı suikastının üzerinden 24 yıl geçti". www.aa.com.tr. Retrieved 4 June 2024.
  3. ^ a b "Ahmet Taner Kışlalı kimdir? - Yeni Akit".
  4. ^ Kışlalı, Ahmet Taner (30 December 1999). "Ahmet Taner Kışlalı – İdeolojisi ve Kemalizm..." Ahmet Taner Kışlalı (in Turkish). Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  5. ^ Kışlalı, Ahmet Taner (18 December 1999). "Ahmet Taner Kışlalı – 'Tarihsel Sentez'e Doğru!". Ahmet Taner Kışlalı (in Turkish). Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  6. ^ Kışlalı, Ahmet Taner (7 June 1992). "Ahmet Taner Kışlalı – Demokratik Sol mu? Sosyal Demokrasi mi?". Ahmet Taner Kışlalı (in Turkish). Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  7. ^ Yalçın, Utku Can (21 October 2018). "Ahmet Taner Kışlalı olmadan 19 yıl! Ahmet Taner Kışlalı kimdir?". www.sozcu.com.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 4 June 2024.
  8. ^ "Yine o meçhul fail". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 22 October 1999. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Ahmet Taner Kışlalı 4 ayrı yerde tören". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 23 October 1999. Retrieved 22 October 2013.