Adnan Oktar

Turkish Author
Born Feb 2, 1956

Adnan Oktar, also known as Harun Yahya, is an author and Islamic creationist. In 2007, he sent thousands of unsolicited copies of his book, the Atlas of Creation, advocating Islamic creationism to American scientists, members of Congress, and science museums.… Read More

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1956 Birth Adnan Oktar was born in Ankara, Turkey, in 1956, and raised there through his high school years, where he studied the works of Islamic scholars like Said Nursi, a Muslim Kurdish scholar who wrote Risale-i Nur, an extensive Qur'anic commentary which includes a comprehensive political and religious ideology.


1979 23 Years Old In 1979, Oktar came to Istanbul and entered Mimar Sinan University. … Read More


1986 30 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1986 he enrolled in the Philosophy Department of Istanbul University. … Read More
1990 34 Years Old In 1990, he founded the Science Research Foundation (SRF, or, in Turkish, Bilim Araştırma Vakfı, or BAV). … Read More
1995 39 Years Old In 1995, Oktar founded Foundation for Protection of National Values (FPNV or in Turkish Millî Değerleri Koruma Vakfı), through which he networks with other conservative Turkish nationalist organizations and individuals based on the ideology of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. … Read More


1999 43 Years Old In September 1999 Adnan Oktar was arrested and charged with using threats for personal benefit and creating an organization with the intent to commit a crime (see "Legal issues" below). … Read More
2001 45 Years Old After 11 September 2001 and the WTC attacks, he published a book, Islam Denounces Terrorism. … Read More
2005 49 Years Old In 2005, Professor Ümit Sayın summed up the effect of the BAV's campaign when he said to The Pitch: In 1998, I was able to motivate six members of the Turkish Academy of Sciences to speak out against the creationist movement. … Read More


2006 50 Years Old Oktar published volume 1 of his Yaratılış Atlası (The Atlas of Creation), with Global Publishing, Istanbul, Turkey in October 2006. … Read More
In a 2007 interview with The Guardian, Oktar denied writing The Holocaust Lie, a claim that The Guardian stated was "hard to believe." … Read More
…  In the face of all these allegations against BAV, the Chairman of the Court announced in the hearing on 29 February 2008, that testimonies obtained through unlawful means may not be considered as evidence based on article 148 of the criminal code.
2010 54 Years Old In 2010, Oktar was selected as one of the top fifty of The 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre of Jordan for his dissemination of creationism in an Islamic context, and other extensively distributed publications on Islamic topics. … Read More
2011 55 Years Old On 21 March 2011, Oktar started television broadcasting on A9 satellite channel where his interviews and night lectures are broadcast live. … Read More
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