Şahin Uçar’s detailed Resumé


Prof. Dr. Şahin  Uçar

Birthplace and date: Acıyurt, Sivas, 1949, Turkey.


  • Ph. D: “Arab Invasions to Anatolia between 640-75O A.D.” Erzurum , Turkey, 1982.(Published in Turkish: Anadolu’da İslam-Bizans Mücadelesi, İşaret yy., İstanbul,1992).
  • M. A.: Ataturk University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, History Department, Erzurum, Turkey, 1979.
  • B.A : Istanbul University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, History Department, Istanbul, Turkey, 1972.

Private Education:

  • It was a privilige of destiny that he had been privately tutored by the last Ottoman Citizens who were acknowledged artists and scholars (While he was a student at Istanbul University, 1968-72) :

Karapapak / Azeri dialect of Turkish Language:

  • İshak Uçar (his father): Karapapak Dialect of Turkish ((because he was Karapapak and şahin uçar was born in a karapapapak village; id est:  Anatolian dialect of Turkish had been his second language) Turkish & Reading Practice, Sivas, 1956-60.

Persian Language:

  • Musa Yılmaz (father of his stepfather): Gülistan, written by Şeyh Sadi-i Şirazi, Sivas, 1967.
  • Şerh-i Mesnevi, (interpretation of Mesnevi by Tahir ül-Mevlevi), Sivas, 1968.
  • Mehmet Nuri Yılmaz: Rind ü Zahid (Fuzuli), Beng ü Bade (Fuzuli), Hafız Divanı, Erzurum, 1976.

Arabic Language:

  • Musa Göktolga: (Niece of Musa Yılmaz) , Maide from Tefsir’ul-Celâleyn (interpretation of Koran by Celaleyn), Sivas, 1967-68.
  • Naim Gölleroğlu: Emsile, Bina, Maksud /Arabic grammar books of traditional Medrese style, Erzurum, 1976
  • Mazhar Taşkesenli: Elfiye (Arabic Grammar written in poetry form by Imam Malik) Erzurum,1977.
  • In addition to this private language tutoring he had studied in the department of Arabic-Persian Philology at the Istanbul University, Faculty of Literature and had been certified , 1968-71.

English Language:

  • Mrs. Metzger: Conversation Practice at the International Students Center of Princeton University, New Jersey, USA, 1980.

Russian Language (Conversation Practice):

  • Mrs.Galina: Çimkent, Kazakistan, (September, November, December)2004.
  • Mrs. Tatyana: Çimkent, Kazakistan, (February, March, April) 2005.
  • Valeria Sevrouk, İstanbul, Turkey, November, 2019

Kazakh dialect of Turkish Language:

  • Bekcigit Baymakhanov (translator of his lectures at the Çimkent University): Çimkent, Kazakistan, 2004
  • Kurban (his Kazakh friend as a roommate at Çimkent Hospital),Çimkent, Kazakistan, 2005.

Ottoman Language:

  • In addition to self-education, he had made “conversation practice” also; by the way of  conversations with his calligraphy and music masters who were very old aged; id est, once upon in a time,  they had been young Ottoman Citizens.

Latin Language:

  • Self educated. This is why it remained at the beginners level…

Ornamental Designs:

  • Ord. Prof. Dr. Süheyl Ünver, Istanbul 1968-72.


  • Süheyl Ünver, Ornamental Kufi Calligraphy, Istanbul 1968-72.
  • Kemal Batanay, Talik, Istanbul 1969-72.
  • Hâmid Aytaç, Sülüs , Istanbul 1970-72.
  • Mehmet Receb Berk, Nesih, Istanbul 1970-71.

Ottoman Music In the Traditional Style:

  • Süheyla Altmışdört, Chorus of Istanbul University, Istanbul, 1968.
  • Kemal Batanay, Tanbur (instrument), Ottoman Rhytyms, Repertoire Istanbul, 1969-72.
  • Münir Nureddin Selçuk, “İstanbul Fetih Cemiyeti”, Repertoire, Istanbul, 1970.
  • Yusuf Ömürlü, “İstanbul Fetih Cemiyeti”, Theory of Music, solfege, Istanbul, 1970.
  • Ali Üsküdari, at the “Özbekler Tekkesi” in Üsküdar, Repertoire, Istanbul, 1971.
  • Cahit Atasoy, Solfege of Western Music, Istanbul, 1971.
  • Nezih Uzel, Beyati Ayin, Saba Ayin, Acemaşiran Ayin, Pencgah Ayin, Istanbul, 1970-72.
  • At “Istanbul Milliyetçiler Derneği”, with musician friends, Mystical Sufi Music, Hymns and rituel Mevlevi Music, İstanbul 1968-70.
  • At the Conservatory of Istanbul Municipiality, beginning from the third class after a special examination, Nevzat Atlığ, İsmail Hakkı Özkan, Süheyla Altmışdört, Dürdane Altan, Muazzam Sepetçioğlu, İstanbul, 1972.
  • Azeri Hanende Mehmet Hüseyin Berk, Music in the traditional Azeri style, İstanbul, 1972.
  • Saatçi Hüsnü Usta, Two Instrumental Composition of Tanburi Cemil Bey, Sivas, 1973.
  • Neyzen Akagündüz Kutbay, during forty-five nights, conversations about musical aesthetics, İstanbul, 1978.

Art Works:

  • Şahin Uçar is a distinguished artist in various fields of fine arts as well. He has written poems in traditional and modern style, using the penname Şeyda. In the field of classical style poetry, he is known as the only living court poet. His calligraphy and ornamentation (Hat ve Tezyinat) were displayed in an exhibition organized under the patronage of Governor of Ankara (1989). His classical Ottoman music compositions have been reviewed and accepted by TRT (Turkey’s official Radio and Television Broadcasting) (1987). Encyclopedia of Classic Turkish Music (written by Yılmaz Öztuna) Encyclopedia of Turkish Literature and Encyclopedia of Turkish Writers include his biography. Various anthologies also include his poetry.


  • Turkish (Ottoman dialect of Turkish , Azeri/Karapapak dialect of Turkish, Kazakh dialect of Turkish)
  • English
  • Persian
  • Arabic
  • Russian to some extent
  • Latin to some extent

Professional Employment:

Professor, Halic University, İstanbul, 2015-2017

  • Professor, International University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, BiH, 2008
  • Professor at Hoca Ahmet Yesevi University, Çimkent, Kazakhstan, 2004.
  • Gebze High Technology Institute, he has given master lessons at the Departmant of Strategy, “Philosophy of the State”, Gebze, Turkey, 2004.
  • Director of the Sophia Higher Islamic Institute and related three High Schools, Sophia, Bulgaria, 2002.
  • Gebze High Technology Institute, master lessons at the Departmant of Strategy, “Philosophy of State”, “History and National Strategy”, Gebze, Turkey, 2001.
  • President of The Center for Islamic Studies and Encyclopedia of Islam (Website of the Center: www.isam.org.tr ) Istanbul, Turkey, 2001.
  • Advisor for the Head of the Foundation of University, Hoca Ahmet Yesevi Turk-Kazakh University, Ankara, Turkey, 1999.
  • Professor, Hoca Ahmet Yesevi University, Head of the History Department, Turkistan, Kazakhstan, 1999.
  • Deputy Rector of Nigde University, Nigde, Turkey, 1995.
  • Dean, Faculty of Economy, Nigde, Turkey, 1994.
  • Director of the Social Sciences Institute, Nigde Üniversity, Nigde, Turkey, 1994.
  • Professor: Faculty of Pedagogy , Niğde Üniversitesi, Nigde, Turkey, 1993.Associate Professor: Department of History, Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey, 1988.
  • Assistant of Associate Professor: Selçuk University, Head of the History Department, Konya, Turkey, 1983.
  • Doctor: Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of history, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey, 1982.
  • Assistant os Islamic History, History department, Faculty of Literature,  Ataturk University, Erzurum, 1977
  • Specialist of Paleography and Epigraphy: Department of Turkish Language and Literature, Ataturk University, Erzurum,Turkey, 1976.
  • Teacher of the History of Arts : Teachers’ high school, Sivas, Turkey, 1975.
  • Teacher of Music: 4 Eylül High School, Sivas, Turkey, 1974.
  • Teacher of Social Knowledge: 4 Eylül Secondary School, Sivas, Turkey, 1973.
  • Teacher of Music: Yeni Levent High School, Istanbul, Turkey, 1972.
  • Teacher of Primary School: Acıyurt Village’s School, Acıyurt, Sivas, Turkey, 1967.

Published Works:

  • Divan (Poetry collection; according to the old style of Ottomans) Şûle yy., Istanbul,november, 2011., first edition Şeyda Diva[Traditional Ottoman Poetry; “Şeyda” is Uçar’s penname], added as an appendix to this edition also, “Ru’yâ ve Gerçek”, Sivas 1980, second edition, Nigde, 1997. And enlarged third edition titled as Divan, Domino yy., Istanbul, 2007, 4th edition, Divan, Şule yy, İstanbul, 2011
  • Patterns and Trends in History [a manifesto of Şahin Uçar’s historical worldview)  a long article written for the colloqium of historians at Fırat University, Elazıg, 1984. (Published as a long article in 1986 at S.U. Edebiyat Dergisi, Konya) Second edition is published as in book format, 2004; and the third edition by Domino yy., Istanbul, 2007.
  • Anadolu’da İslam-Bizans Mücadelesi,[Struggles between Islam and Byzantium in Anatolia], İşaret yy., İstanbul, 1990.
  •  Arapların Anadolu Seferleri (Arabs İnvasions to Anatolia, 640-750 A.D.) enlarged second edition by Domino yy., Istanbul, 2007, third edition Arapların Anadolu Seferleri by Şule yy., Istanbul, January 2012
  • Tarih Felsefesi Açısından İslamda Mülk ve Hilafet, [Sovereignty and Caliphate  in Islam from the Perspective of the Philosophy of History (awarded as the best book of the year by the Writers Union of Turkey), First edition Konya, 1992.
  • “Tarih Felsefesi Açısından Mülk ve Hilafet [Sovereignty and Caliphate  from the Perspective of the Philosophy of History]  fourth edition by Şûle yy. Istanbul,  July, 2011.Second edition İz Yy., Istanbul , 1996.  third edition, “Tarih Felsefesi Açısından Mülk ve Hilafet, by Domino yy., Istanbul, 2007,
  • Tarih Felsefesi Yazıları, [Essays on the Philosophy of History], Vadi yy., Ankara, 1994.And the third edition again, titled as Tarih Felsefesi Yazıları, by Domino yy., Istanbul, 2007; Tarih Felsefesi Yazıları, Şûle yy., Istanbul, November, 2012
  • Varlığın Ma’nâ ve Mazmûnu, [Meaning and the Adjacent Meaning of Existence] (his second book awarded as the best book of the year by Turkish Writers Union) İz yy, Istanbul, 1995.
  •   Tarih Felsefesi Meseleleri [Issues in the Philosophy of History] Enlarged second edition, Nehir yy. Istanbul, 1997.
  • Varlığın Anlamı (The Meaning of Being) enlarged third edition,Şûle yy., Istanbul, November, 2010. Enlarged second edition’s title is Varlığın Anlamı , by Domino yy., Istanbul, 2007.
  • Sen Şarkını Söyle,(You Sing your Song) by Şûle yy., yy., Istanbul, November, 2012.
  • Mâlihulyâ (Melancholia), Ötüken yy., Istanbul, 1997., Much enlarged second edition of  Hüküm Gecesi. And enlarged Third edition’s title is Sen Şarkını Söyle, by Domino yy., Istanbul, 2007. first edition’s title, Hüküm Gecesi (poems in modern Turkish), Konya, 2002. ,
  • İnsanın Yeryüzü Macerası,[Mankind’s Adventure on  Earth] Gelenek yy., Istanbul, 2003. Second edition by Domino yy., İstanbul, 2007, Third edition by Şûle yy., Istanbul, August 2011
  • Kültür, Teknoloji ve Sanat Yazıları [Culture, Technology and Art Essays], Domino yy., Istanbul , 2007. second edition by Şûle yy., Istanbul, August 2012
  • Dil ve Felsefe, [Language and Philosophy], by Domino Yy., Istanbul, 2007, second edition by Şûle yy., Istanbul, April 2012
  • The Essence of Existence, Published by Amazon, USA, 2020
  • Cultural Patterns and Alienation Trends in History, Published by Amazon, USA, 2020
  • A Quest for Meaning, Published by Amazon, USA, 2021

Conference participation:

  • Columbia University, Invited Guest and Round-Table Discussant at “Symposium on the Middle Eastern Music”, New York, 1980.
  • Invited guest at Harvard University, “Application of Islamic Law in the Ottoman Empire”, Harvard Law Faculty Boston, 1998.
  • Columbia University, Round Table Discussant for the Presentation of “Young Turks”  by Professor Şükrü Hanioğlu, Princeton University, New York, 1998.



Field research:

  • America, as sabbatical visiting professor at Princeton University, 1980.
  • Syria, 1992.
  • Turkmenistan,invited by Turkish Writer’s Union, as a poet, 1994.
  • Iran, invited by Turkish Writer’s Union, as a poet, 995.
  • Cyprus, invited by Turkish Writer’s Union, as a poet, 1995.
  • America, 1998.
  • Kazakhstan, as professor of History at H.A.Yesevi University, 1999.
  • Syria, 2000.
  • Bulgaria, as Director of Sophia High Islamic Institute, 2002.
  • Kazakhistan, as professor of History at H.A.Yesevi University, 2004.
  • Bosnia i Hercegovina, as professor at International University of Sarajevo, 2008
  • Egypt, 2012
  • Ukraine, 2018, 2019, 2020

Some Social activities:

  • A concert playing with Lute in Princeton Inn and Princeton University International Center, Princeton, America, 1980.
  • His calligraphy and ornamentation (Hat ve Tezyinat exhibition) were displayed in an exhibition organized under the patronage of Governor of Ankara, 1989.
  • He has been invited many times as a poet (by Turkish Writer’s Union) for symposiums of poetry  and read his poems in those gatherings (some of them in foreign countries).
  • He has written many articles for daily newspapers like, Yeni Düşünce, Zaman, Sağduyu, Ayyıldız, Yeni Şafak and made some reportages in broadcasting Radio and TV channels:

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