MUSIAD USA DINNER TALK SERIES -18
The Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities President Assoc. Dr. Kudret Bulbul
“Said Halim Pasha: Aristocrat and Philosopher”
Said Halim Pasha (1864-1921), an aristocratic statesman, received both Islamic and Western education and was a brilliant analyst of contemporary social problems.
Said Halim was taught Arabic, Persian, English and French from special tutors. After that, he and his little brother Abbas Halim were sent to Switzerland to get a higher education. Said Halim studied political science, while Abbas Halim, who also spoke several Eastern and Western languages, worked as the Public Works Minister in the cabinet established by Said Halim Pasha
In 1888, Said Halim returned to Istanbul and was assigned to “Şura-i Devlet” (Council of State) membership by Sultan Abdülhamid II. He also was honored with several ranks and medals, including a Mirimiran (general rank given to non-military pashas), a “Mecidi” (in the name of Sultan Abdülmecit) plaque of the second-degree, an “Osmani” (Ottoman) plaque of the second-degree and an Osmani plaque of the first-degree. Abbas Halim was also assigned to the Council of State.
Kudret Bulbul Biography
President for Turks Abroad and Related Communities Mr. Assoc. Dr. Kudret Bulbul was born in Konya on January 7th, 1970. Mr. Bulbul graduated from Istanbul University Faculty of Political Sciences on 1991, and completed his Master’s Degree in the same university as well. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences on 2004. In 1995, he had a 1 year stay in London for academic purposes, and then attended University of Kansas, USA as a guest researcher from 2000 to 2002. He has become an associate professor in 2007. Bulbul is literate of English, married and father of 3 children.