Volkan (Ottoman Turkish: Volcano) was a short-lived daily newspaper published in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire. The paper was in circulation between 1908 and 1909 and was one of the Islamist publications which were launched in the Second Constitutional period.
|Founded||11 December 1908|
|Ceased publication||20 April 1909|
History and profileEdit
Volkan was started by Derviş Vahdeti in Constantinople on 11 December 1908. Vahdeti asked for financial support from Sultan Abdulhamit before launching the paper. However, this request was not accepted.
The publisher of Volkan was Derviş Vahdeti. He edited the daily until 20 April 1909 when he was arrested. At the beginning the paper was supportive of the new constitution and relatively liberal. However, following the establishment of the Mohammadan Union by Vahdeti the paper became its organ and an ardent critic of the Committee of Union and Progress. The paper published the articles by Said Nursî, future leader of the Nur movement. The articles began to be written in a militant style. Vahdeti argued in the articles published in Volkan that the Committee should obey the Islamic principles. It also published anti-Semitic materials. Volkan produced a total of 110 issues during its lifetime.
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