Dergâh (Turkish: Dervish lodge) was a conservative literary magazine which was published during the final days of the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul from 1921 to 1922. This period witnessed the occupation of Istanbul by the Western forces and also, the Turkish Independence War.

Editor-in-chiefYahya Kemal
CategoriesLiterary magazine
First issue15 April 1921
Final issue5 January 1922
CountryOttoman Empire
Based inIstanbul
LanguageOttoman Turkish

History and profile


Dergâh was started in Istanbul in 1921 by Yahya Kemal and Ahmed Haşim.[1] The former also served as the editor-in-chief of the magazine.[2] Its first issue appeared on 15 April 1921, one month after the Allied forces declared the occupation of Istanbul.[3] The magazine came out biweekly.[4]

Major contributors of Dergâh included Hasan Ali Yücel and Abdülhak Şinasi who were adherents of the symbolist poetry.[2] Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar, a leading Turkish novelist, started his literary career in Dergâh.[2][5] The following writers and journalists also contributed to the magazine: Halide Edib Adıvar, Nurullah Ataç, Falih Rıfkı Atay, Fuat Köprülü, Ziya Gökalp[3] and Hilmi Ziya Ülken.[6] Future politician Fevzi Lütfi Karaosmanoğlu started his journalistic career in the magazine.[7][8] All these writers were supporters of the Independence War due to which some issues of the magazine were censored by the Allied administration.[3][9] They also supported the ideas of the French philosopher Henri Bergson, and the magazine became the mouthpiece for his Turkish followers.[10][11]

Dergâh acted as an intellectual platform which reinforced the traditionalist conservatism.[12] It was among the early Turkish periodicals which covered articles on folklore.[13]

Dergâh folded on 5 January 1922 after producing a total of forty-two issues.[3][14]


  1. ^ Fikret Uslucan (Fall 2008). "Dergâh Mecmuası'nda bir imlâ tartışması". Turkish Studies (in Turkish). 3 (6). doi:10.7827/TurkishStudies.484.
  2. ^ a b c Adem Can (2011). "Dergâh'tan Büyük Doğu'ya ilk dönem Cumhuriyet Devri poetika muhitlerinde şiiri tarif denemeleri". Turkish Studies (in Turkish). 6 (1): 864, 866, 869–870. doi:10.7827/TurkishStudies.1768.
  3. ^ a b c d Ekrem Karadişoğulları (2005). "Dergah mecmuası'nın Türk edebiyatı ile milli mücadeledeki yeri". Atatürk Üniversitesi Türkiyat Araştırmaları Enstitüsü Dergisi (in Turkish). 11 (27). doi:10.14222/Turkiyat1236.
  4. ^ Emel Koç (2019). "Osmanlıdan Cumhuriyete Felsefe ve Fikir Dergileri". Journal of International Social Research (in Turkish). 12 (62): 817. doi:10.17719/jisr.2019.3099.
  5. ^ Özen Nergis Dolcerocca (December 2015). "Chronometrics in the Modern Metropolis: the City, the Past and Collective Memory in A.H. Tanpınar". MLN. 130 (5): 1152. doi:10.1353/mln.2015.0074. S2CID 163875749.
  6. ^ "Hilmi Ziya Ülken" (in Turkish). Biyografya. Retrieved 2 April 2023.
  7. ^ Lütfi Düzdemir (1996). Fevzi Lütfi Karaosmanoğlu (MA thesis) (in Turkish). Manisa Celal Bayar University. Archived from the original on 24 January 2023.
  8. ^ Firdes Temizgüney. "Fevzi Lütfi Karaosmanoğlu (1900-1978)". Atatürk Ansiklopedisi (in Turkish).
  9. ^ Nazım İrem (February 2002). "Turkish Conservative Modernism: Birth of a Nationalist Quest for Cultural Renewal". International Journal of Middle East Studies. 34 (1): 94. doi:10.1017/S0020743802001046. JSTOR 3880169. S2CID 146794994.
  10. ^ M. Sait Özervarlı (October 2013). "Intellectual Foundations and Transformations in an Imperial City: Istanbul from the Late Ottoman to the Early Republican Periods". The Muslim World. 103 (4): 524. doi:10.1111/muwo.12031.
  11. ^ Jan-Markus Vömel (2022). "Global Intellectual Transfers and the Making of Turkish High Islamism, c. 1960–1995". In Deniz Kuru; Hazal Papuccular (eds.). The Turkish Connection. Global Intellectual Histories of the Late Ottoman Empire and Republican Turkey. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter. p. 252 Oldenbourg. doi:10.1515/9783110757293-010. ISBN 9783110757293.
  12. ^ Fırat Mollaer (2023). "From Conservatism to Turkish Conservatism: Cultural and Political Roots of an Idelogy". Mukaddime. 14 (2): 187. doi:10.19059/mukaddime.1368014.
  13. ^ W. Eberhard; Pertev Naili Boratav (July–September 1945). "The Development of Folklore in Turkey". Journal of American Folklore. 58 (229): 253. doi:10.2307/536614. JSTOR 536614.
  14. ^ "Yahya Kemal çevresinde toplanan edebi okul: Dergah dergisi". Fikriyat (in Turkish). 19 October 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2021.