This article introduces the Turkish humanist writer, Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı (1890–1973), who adopted the penname of “Halikarnas Balıkçısı” (the Fisherman of Halicarnassus), as a tribute to the ancient historian, Herodotus of Halicarnassus. He contributed to the genesis and spread of Turkish Mediterraneanism at a time when Fernand Braudel's influence among Turkish historians was significant yet fell short of producing a similar effect. After a biographical sketch of the author, this article explains how Cevat Şakir's Mediterranean journeys affected his life, so that the Mediterranean is seen as a formative influence. Finally, the article summarizes his multifaceted contributions to Mediterranean studies.
Writing with the Mediterranean in the Twentieth Century: The Advent of the Fisherman of Halicarnassus
Eyüp Özveren is a professor in the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey. During the 1980s, he was a research associate at the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations at the State University of New York Binghamton, where he received a doctorate in sociology in 1990. He teaches Mediterranean cinema and literature in the master's program in media and cultural studies at METU. His interests are the history of ideas, and economic and social history. The author of numerous publications on Mediterranean studies, he is currently writing a book on the twentieth-century Turkish Mediterraneanist writer, Cevat Şakir Kabaağaçlı, known as the Fisherman of Halicarnassus.
Eyüp Özveren; Writing with the Mediterranean in the Twentieth Century: The Advent of the Fisherman of Halicarnassus. Mediterranean Studies 16 November 2015; 23 (2): 195–222. doi: https://doi.org/10.5325/mediterraneanstu.23.2.0195
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