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Between 1992 and 1994, Yusuf Ziya Ortac served as a professor of economics

at International Islamic University in Malaysia, and at the International Institute

of Islamic Thought and Civilization (which is an organization on the status

of Post-Graduate Studies Institute) between 1995 and 1997.

 

 

Legislator Poets

 

Translated from the Turkish by Mevlut Ceylan

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Yusuf Ziya Ortac -- Economist (b. 1948, Adıyaman). He graduated from İstanbul High Institute of Islam (1972) and from İstanbul University, Faculty of Economics (1976). He became an assistant at the same faculty in 1980.

He received the degree of “Doctor of Economics” from İstanbul University, Faculty of Economics in 1981, with his thesis “Gazali’nin İktisat Felsefesi” (Philosophy of Economics by Gazali), which he prepared under the supervision by Prof. Dr. Sabri F. Ülgener.

In 1980, he became an assistant at the İstanbul University, Faculty of Economics, Chair of Social Politics.

At the end of 1982, he began to give lectures at Marmara University, Faculty of Economical and Administrative Sciences, Department of Economics as an assistant professor.

During the educational semester of 1982-1983, he lectured at Erzurum Atatürk University, Faculty of Economical and Administrative Sciences, Department of Economics and then resumes his Office at Marmara University.

In 1986, he became an associate professor at the same university. Between 1989 and 1990, he worked at London University, London School of Economics and Political Sciences as a research scholar.

In May, 1993, he became a professor at Marmara University, Department of Economics.

Between 1992 and 1994, he served as a professor of economics at International Islamic University in Malaysia, and at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (which is an organization on the status of Post-Graduate Studies Institute) between 1995 and 1997.

He took his pension off from professorship at Marmara University, Department of Economics and continued his studies at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization as a professor of economics.

WORKS

RESEARCH-STUDY: Gazali’nin İktisat Felsefesi (Philosophy of Economics by Gazali, 1984), Gazalî: Hakikat Araştırması - Felsefe Eleştirisi ve Etkisi (Gazali: Reserch of Reality – A Critic and Influence of Philosophy, 1986), İktisat Tarih ve Toplum (Economics, History and Society, 2001).

EDITION (As an editor): Bilgi, Bilim ve İslam (Information, Science and Islam, 1987), Para, Faiz ve İslam (Money, Interest and Islam, 1987), Türkiye’de Zekat Potansiyeli (The Potential of Offering in Turkey, 1987), İşçi-İşveren İlişkileri (Relations Between Employers and Employees, 1990), Modernleşme, İslam Dünyası ve Türkiye (Modernization, Islam World and Turkey, 2001).

Besides, he made translations from K. R. Popper and Abdülaziz Duri.

 

One Day

One day this mother earth

Will embrace me to her bosom

They will see my hands

On a plane tree leaf by leaf

My voice is a chirping bird on a branch

My soul is a flight in outer space

Found its happiness

For far away from this world

 

Each flower is part me

Those insects are my eyes

Farmers will cut my hair every summer bundle by bundle

 

My head is full of four seasons grass

Leaves are my confident tears irrigating this black earth

Yusuf Ziya Ortac (1895-1967)

posted 9 March 2006

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