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Oktay Ri̇fat
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( horozcu ), Turkish author and poet, born in Trabzon in 1914. He was the son of Samih Rifat, author and poet and Governor of Trabzon. He finished at the Faculty of Law in 1936 and was sent to Paris on a government grant to further his studies. After three years he had to come back to Turkey without completing his doctorate because of the start of World War II (1940). He worked at the Directorate of Press and Information and later practiced law. He died in Istanbul on 18 April 1988.

His friendship with Orhan Veli, whom he met at secondary school, continued until his death. He wrote onl…

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Balim, Çİğdem, “Oktay Ri̇fat”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 29 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6016>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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