Has Mrs. Meral ever read “Civil Sciences” where she said, “We’ll do a textbook when she comes to power”?

Iyi Party leader Meral Akşener, Prof. DR. He said that they would distribute to party organizations the book entitled “Medenî Bilgiler”, written by Âfetinan, whose main author is said to have been Atatürk, and that they would make a “textbook”, when they come into power.

At yesterday’s faction meeting of his party, Akşener said: “You see, the name of this book is Civil Information. Do you know who wrote it? Veteran Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. …You receive these and distribute them to all our youth organizations. This is our present next to Nutuk from now on. Civil information is that school principal Mustafa Kemal Atatürk had it published under the name of his spiritual daughter Âfetinan to share his vision of citizenship with the Turkish nation, but later it is assumed that he wrote it himself and he wanted it in be taught in schools. When we come to power, hopefully we’ll be teaching this as a lesson since elementary school. This is important work…”
I do not believe that Mrs Meral has read this book, which she could not put in heaven, or that she knows the book thoroughly, because I cannot imagine that a politician would read this book and be aware of its contents give such good comments about the book!

First, let me give a brief history of the book that Ms. Meral mentioned:

“Civil Information” is a collection of the publications that Afet Hanım has issued since 1929 on subjects every citizen should know, from taxes to military service, from elections to state organization, the concept of “nation” and even religion. Some parts of it were previously published as textbooks and all were published in a single volume by Afet Hanım in 1969. In the foreword of the Turkish Historical Society’s omnibus publication, Ms. Afet said: “…It is my duty to present the historical truths that these books, although published under my name, were inspired by Atatürk’s ideas and suggestions and that the style is entirely was his own. I think so”, meaning he says the book is actually “Atatürk’s work” and adds the handwritten notes of Atatürk and his inner circle at the end of the book.

Now let me get to the most important part of the problem, which is some statements in the book in question…

“Civilized Knowledge” is the work of a time when revolutions reigned in all their violence: the caliphate was abolished, lodges and zawiyas were closed; Reforms were made in social life, in writing, and in many other areas. In those days, the new regime also made some provisions in religious life and prepared to introduce a brand new religious practice peculiar to the Republic of Turkey. Some expressions in the book are the product of the understanding of that time, but in the years that followed they were all abandoned and not applied.


Here is one of those statements, Atatürk’s Thoughts on Islam:

“…There are people who say that the unity of religion is also effective in the formation of a nation. But we see the opposite in the image of the Turkish nation before our eyes.

Before the Turks accepted the religion of the Arabs, they were a large nation. After they adopted the Arabic religion, this religion did not influence the Arabs, the Persians of the same religion, nor the Egyptians, etc. to unite with the Turks and form a nation. On the contrary, it loosened the Turkish nation’s national ties, deadened its national feelings and national excitement. That was very natural. Because the goal of the religion founded by Mohammed was to lead to an Arab nationalities policy over (above) all nationalities (which led to the Arab nationalities policy). Those who embraced the religion of Muhammad were forced to forget themselves and devote their lives to spreading the word of Allah everywhere. However, he would not worship and appeal to Allah in his own language, but with the Arabic book that Allah sent to the Arab people. If he didn’t learn Arabic, he wouldn’t know what he was saying to Allah. Faced with this situation, for many centuries, the Turkish nation didn’t know what to do or what to do, but they didn’t know the meaning of a word of it, but they became overwhelming memorizers by memorizing the Kors ‘a…’

For those curious about all of these statements, let me tell you: find any issue of Civil Information, for example the Atatürk Culture, Language and History High Institution publication in 1988, and read carefully between pages 364 and 370!

There are many more statements to this effect in the civil information which Ms. Meral ordered to be distributed to the party organization and says that she will “make a textbook when they come to power”…

I will now paraphrase my opinion on this book, which I expressed at the beginning of the article:

I don’t think Mrs. Meral has read “Civil Knowledge” seriously, let alone read that she has a thorough knowledge of the book. Because it makes no difference if a politician recommends this book to the party organization and then says that when they come to power he will make a textbook and shoots himself in the foot!

An excerpt from Atatürk’s views on religion in “Civil Information”, also published in Atatürk’s handwriting…

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