Cirriculum Vitae and Major Works



Name and Surname Süleyman BERK, PhD
Date of Birth April 15, 1964
Öğrenim Durumu:Education:
Degree           Department University Year
Bachelor’s Degree Faculty of Theology Marmara University 1988
Master’s Degree Arts and History of Islamic Civilization Ataturk University 1994
Doctoral Degree Arts and History of Islamic Civilization Ataturk University 1999
Position Place of Employment Years
District Mufti Kars/Akyaka 1991- 1994
Research Assistant Ataturk University 1994- 2000
Technical Consultant Istanbul Municipality, ISMEK 2002- 2010
Educational Consultant Zeytinburnu Municipality 2009- 2012
Lecturer Faculty of Islamic Theology, Yalova University 2012 -
Committee Memberships
1- Jury Membership at the Twelfth Traditional Turkish Arts of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture (2005)
2- Membership in the DOSIM Science Council of the Ministry of Culture (2005)
3- Science Council Membership at Waqf Civilization Year of Directorate of Waqfs  (2006)
4- Jury Membership at the Istanbul Competitions of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (2006)
2001  “Calligraphy Award.” Ministry of Culture, Republic of Turkey
1-   Calligraphist Mustafa Rakim Effendi, Istanbul Kaynak Publications, 2003, 183 pages
2-   Calligraphists of Eyup. Istanbul, Eyup Municipality, 2004, 224 pages (Preparation to Publication).
       3-  Art of Calligraphy. Istanbul, Istanbul Matropolitan Municipality Arts and Vocational Training Courses,    2006, 126 pages.
4-   Timeless Stones (Historical Stones of Zeytinburnu-Prestige), Istanbul, Zeytinburnu Municipality Cultural Publications, 2006, 352 pages.
5- Timeless Stones (Historical Stones of Zeytinburnu- Inventory), Istanbul, Zeytinburnu Municipality Cultural Publications, 2006, 520 pages.
6-    35 Years after Calligraphist Necmeddin Okyay. Istanbul, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, 2011, 144 pages. (Preparation to Publication)
Scholarly Articles in the National Peer-Reviewed Journals
11- “Ahmed Arif Effendi of Plovdiv” AD Art Dekor, vol. 88 (July, 2000), pp. 148-154.
2- “Calligraphies of Cihangir Mosques,” AD Art Dekor, vol. 89 (August, 2000), pp. 156-164.
3-  “ Epigraph of Firuzaga Mosque,” AD Art Dekor, vol. 90 (September, 2000), pp. 130-133.
4- “A Hilya-i Hakani,” AD Art Dekor, vol. 97 (April, 2001), pp. 94-95.
5- “Albums ofWriting Practices in the Education of the Art of Calligraphy,” Tarih ve Dusunce (History and Thought), vol. 06 (June, 2001), pp. 64-68.
6- “Seal and the Art of Sealing,” AD Art Dekor, vol. 100 (July, 2001), pp. 134-142.
7- “Notebook of Calligraphist Mustafa Rakim,” Turk Edebiyati (Turkish Literature), vol. 343 (May, 2003), pp. 48-53.
8-  “Only Known Hilye of Calligraphist Halim Effendi,” Tarih ve Dusunce (History and Thought), vol. 07 (July, 2002), pp. 56-64.
9-    “A Couple of Notes on Calligraphist Hamid Aytac (1893-1982),” The Book of Calligraphist Hamid Aytac, Istanbul, Kitabevi, 2002, pp. 109-114.
10- “Talisman Seals,” P. Sanat, Kultur, Antika Dergisi (P Art, Culture, Antique Journal), vol. 29 (Spring, 2003), pp. 22-31.
11- “Aesthetical Features of the Art of Ottoman Calligraphy,” Yagmur (Rain), year 6, vol. 25, (Oct-Nov-Dec, 2004), pp. 44-48.
12- “Husn-i Hat: on Calligraphy,” Standard, year 44, vol. 519 (March, 2005), pp. 92-95.
       13- “Calligraphist Mustafa Halim Effendi and His Works of Businesscards,” Tuliya, vol. 1 (May, 2005), pp. 309-335.
14- “Calligraphist Hafiz Osman Effendi,” Antik Dekor (Antique Décor), vol. 90 (Sept-Oct, 2005), pp. 108-113.
15- “Erasing History,” Turk Edebiyati (Turkish Literature), vol. 386 (December, 2005), pp. 69-71.
16- “Humble, Sociable, Witty,” Turk Edebiyati (Turkish Literature), vol. 389 (March, 2006), pp. 42-43.
17- “Tradition and Future,” El Sanatlari (ISMEK) (Crafts (ISMEK)), Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Arts and Vocational Training Courses Publications, vol. 2 (2006), pp. 78-95.
18- “Pursuit of the Lost Heritage, Great Dome of the Suleymaniye Mosque,” Turk Edebiyati (Turkish Literture), vol. 429 (July, 2009), pp. 65-67.
       19- “Calligraphy in Aquaculture,” Akademic Arastirmalar Dergisi (Journal of Academic Research), year 11, vol. 42 (August-September, 2009), pp. 201-230.
       20-  “Language of Ottoman Gravestones: History Engraved on Stones,” Din ve Hayat (Religion and Life), vol. 9, year 2010, pp. 82-83
21- “[Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts] The Calligraphies and the Calligraphists of the Holy Quran Copies,” The 1400th Anniversary of the Holy Quran, Istanbul, Antik AS. Kultur Yayinlari (Antique AS. Cultural Publications), 2010, pp. 57-85.
      22- “The Calligraphy And The Calligraphers of The Qur’an”, The 1400. Anniversary of  The Qur’an, İstanbul, Antik AŞ. Cultural Publications, 2010, p. 57- 85. 
23- “Istanbul: An Outdoor Museum of Calligraphy (Selections of Istanbul Monuments), Akademik Arastirmalar Dergisi (Journal of Academic Research)(Istanbul 2010 European Cultural Capital Special Edition), year 12, vol. 47-48 (November, 2010-April, 2011), pp. 367-389.
Presentations Submitted to the National and International Scientific Conferences and Published in the Bulletins
24- A Calligraphist Buried in Eyup: Ahmed Arif Effendi of Plovdiv (1252/1836-1327/1909), 4th Eyupsultan Symposium 5-7 May 2000 (4th Eyupsultan Symposium/Presentations, Eyup Municipality, 2001, pp. 324-335)
25- “Celî Sülüs (Thulth)Style Tie Beams of Calligraphy in Eyupsultan,” 5th Eyupsultan Symposium, 11-13 May 2001 (5th Eyupsultan Symposium/Presentations, Eyup Municipality, 2002. Pp. 106-111)
26- “Calligraphist İsmâil Zühdî Effendi,” 6th Eyupsultan Symposium, 10-12 May 2002 (6th Eyupsultan Symposium/Presentations, Eyup Municipality, 2003, pp. 336-341)
27- “Istanbul City-Wall Gate Monuments,” 7th Eyupsultan Symposium, 09-11 May 2003 (7thEyupsultan Symposium/Presentations, Eyup Municipality, 2003, pp. 300-303)
28- “Calligrapher Mustafa Rakım Efendi and Spectacular Writing Style with Celi Sulus Art- Scholl”, 2nd National Congress on Iranian Studies (20-24 December, 2004) Tehran, Iran. 
29- “The Stages of Composing a Celî Sülüs (Thuluth)Style Calligraphy,” 9th Eyupsultan Symposium, 13-15 May 2005 (9th Eyupsultan Symposium/Presentations, Eyup Municipality, 2005, pp. 422-431)
Other Publications:
30- “Innovations of Calligraphist Mustafa Rakim Efendi on the Celî Sülüs (Thuluth) Aesthetic,” M. Ugur Derman, 65thYear Present, Istanbul, Sabanci University, 2000, pp. 125-154.
31- “Masterpieces of Celî Sülüs (Thuluth),” AD Art Dekor (AD Art Décor), vol. 87 (June, 2000), pp. 120-125.
32- “Istanbul: An Outdoor Museum of Calligraphy,” Aksiyon, vol. 440 (12 May 2003), pp. 52-56.
33- “Calligraphist Grocer Ahmed Arif Effendi of Plovdiv (1252/1836-1327/1909), Ümran, vol. 123 (November, 2004), pp. 81-83.
34- “Finest of the Calligraphies,” El Sanatlari (Crafts (ISMEK)), vol. 1 (May, 2005) pp. 134-137.
35- “Râkım, Mustafa Efendi,” Türkiye Diyanet Vakfı İslâm Ansiklopedisi (DİA) (Turkish Diyanet Waqf Islamic Encyclopedia (DİA)), vol. XXXIV, pp. 428-429.
36- “Ulucami: A Monument of Victory,” Aksiyon, vol. 580 (16 January 2006), pp. 74-75.
37- “Turkish Art of Calligraphy Lost a Great Master,” El Sanatlari (Crafts (ISMEK)), vol. 2 (2006), pp. 156-159.
38- “Eternity Engraved in Stones,” Zeytinburnu, vol. 2 (Oct-Nov-Dec, 2006), pp. 21-29
39- “Azapkapı Saliha Sultan Public Fountain,” El Sanatlari (Crafts (ISMEK)), pp. 3 (2007), pp. 48-53.
40- “Breaths of Friends beyond Continents, Australia (Melbourne) Travel Notes,” Gezgin (Traveller), vol. 33 (November, 2009), pp. 28-31.
41- “Language of Ottoman Fountains,” Gezgin (Traveller), vol. 31 (September, 2009), pp. 76-83.
42- Meaning of the Ottoman Gravestone Monuments,” Surlarin Ote Yani Zeytinburnu (Beyond the City Walls, Zeytinburnu), Istanbul, Zeytinburnu Municipality Publications, 2006, pp. 490-499.
43- “Mustafa Rakim Effendi: Living in Topkapi Palace,” Yedi Kita Dergisi (Seven Continents Journal), Vol. 30 (February, 2011), pp. 29-35.
44- “After the Hilya-iSharif Competition of Istanbul Antique Arts,” Uluslararasi Hilye-i Serif Yarismasi (International Hilya-i Sharif Competition), İstanbul Antik Sanat & Uluslararası Kültür Sanat Derneği (Istanbul Antique Arts and International Culture and Arts Association), 2012, pp. 16-77.
45- “Traditional Islamic Arts,” Diyanet Dergisi (Diyanet Journal), vol. 253 (January, 2012), pp. 50-53.
1- “Style and Influence of Calligraphist Mustafa Rakim Effendi,” (IRCICA) Organization of Islamic Conference, Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture, 17 May 2001, Yildiz Palace Çit Mansion, Besiktas/Istanbul.
2-     “Samples from the Art of Calligraphy,” Zeytinburnu Municipality, Ramadan Activities of 2001, November 20, 2001. Municipality Conference Hall, Zeytinburnu, Istanbul.
3-   “Calligraphy in Merkezefendi Kulliye,” 5th Merkezefendi Traditional Medicine Days, May 14, 2004. Merkezefendi, Istanbul.
4-  “Developmental Stages of Celî Sülüs (Thuluth) from Sheik Hamdullah to Mustafa Rakim,” Panel for the 475th Anniversary of Calligraphist Sheik Hamdullah’s Death, Altunizade Cultural Center, April 17, 2005.
5- “Calligraphies from Istanbul,” Sile Municipality 2005 Ramadan Activities, October 24, 2005. Sile, Istanbul.
6-  “Hilya Tradition in the Art of Calligraphy,” Akdeniz Young Businessman Association (AGIT), 2006 Holy Birth Week Activities, May 10, 2006. Antalya.
7-    “Titles and Symbols on the Gravestones,” 7th Merkezefendi Taditional Medicine Days, June 2, 2006. Merkezefendi, Istanbul.
8-  “Schools of the Art of Calligraphy,” Dubai Arabic Calligraphy Center, January 7, 2010. DIFC, Dubai, UAE.
9- “Bursa Grand Mosque: A Museum of Calligraphy,” Dubai Arabic Calligraphy Center, January 7, 2010. DIFC, Dubai, UAE.
    10- “Selections of Celî Sülüs (Thuluth) Monuments in Istanbul,” Dubai Arabic Calligraphy Center, January 8, 2010. DIFC, Dubai, UAE.
     11-“Ottoman Gravestone Monuments,” Dubai Arabic Calligraphy Center, January 8, 2010. DIFC, Dubai, UAE.
   12- “Calligraphist Mustafa Râkım Effendi,” Dubai Arabic Calligraphy Center, January 9, 2010. DIFC, Dubai, UAE.
    13- “Turkish Art of Calligraphy,” The University of New South Wales, September 22, 2010, Sydney,  Australia.
14- “Turkish Art of Calligraphy,” Mediterranean University Department of Theology, October 20, 2011, Rixos Downtown Hotel, Antalya.
1-   “Contemporary Artists of the Calligraphy and Embellishment Arts Exhibition,” International Islamic Medicine Conference, September 28- October 1, 1984. Sheraton Exhibition Hall, Taksim, Istanbul.
2-  Ataturk University Faculty of Fine Arts Exhibition, 1995. Auditorium, Erzurum.
3-   Ministry of Culture 11th Turkish Embellishment Arts Exhibition. 6-26 December 1995. Ankara.
4- Ministry of Culture 11th Turkish Embellishment Arts Exhibition. January 2002. Mersin.
5-   Ministry of Culture 12th Turkish Embellishment Arts Exhibition. 12-31 December 2003. Ankara.
6-  Maksut Varol Calligraphy and Edicts (Fermans) Exhibition. April 8, 2004. Nisantasi, Istanbul.
7-  Merkez Effendi 5th Traditional Medicine Days Calligraphy Exhibition. 14-22 May 2004. Istanbul.
8- Individual Calligraphy Exhibition. October 12, 2004. Yusuf Izzettin Pavillion, Camlica, Istanbul.
9-    Merkez Effendi 6th Traditional Medicine Days Calligraphy Exhibition. 3-12 June, 2005. Istanbul.
10- Ministry of Tourism and Culture 1st Crafts Festival. 20-27 June 2005. Sultanahmet, Istanbul.
12- Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Ramadan Exhibition of 2005. 5-30 October 2005. Feshane Cultural Center, Eyup, Istanbul.
12- 2006 Holy Birth Week Activities Exhibition, Mediterranean Young Businessman Association (AGIT). May 10, 2006. Ataturk Cultural Center, Antalya.
13- Ramadan Exhibition of 2007. 15 September-14 October 2007. Zaman Newspaper Building, Yenibosna, Istanbul.
14- Tulip Festival, Australia Turkish Cultural Platform. 13-14 September 2008. Melbourne, Australia.
15- United Arab Emirates Turkish Cultural Platform Exhibition. 18-19 September 2008. Dubai, UAE.
16- Tulip Festival, Australia Turkish Cultural Platform. 19-20 September 2009. Melbourne, Australia.
17- Tulip Festival, Australia Turkish Cultural Platform. 19-20 September 2010. Melbourne, Australia.
18- Tulip- Waratah, “Arts from Silk Road to Ocean,” Ördekli Art and Culture Center, Bursa Osmangazi Municipality, 3-13 July 2010. Bursa.
19- “Meşk (Writing Practices of Calligraphy),” Classic and Contemporary Interpretations of Calligraphy Exhibition,” Istanbul Design Center. 20-27 December 1020. Bukhara Özbekler Dervish Lodge, Istanbul.
20- “Calligraphy Exhibition.” 1-30 April 2011. Zeytinburnu Municipality Culture and Arts Center, Istanbul.
21- “Al-Madīnah al-MunawwarahMeeting of the Most Famous Mushaf-ı Sharif Calligraphists Exhibition.” King Fahd Quran Publication Complex. 26 April-2 May 2011. Meridian Hotel, Medina, Saudi Arabia.
22- “Hilya and Rosary Exhibition,” Pendik Municipality Ramadan 2011 Activities. 1-26 August 2011. Pendik Mehmet Akif Ersoy Cultural Center, Pendik, Istanbul.
23- “From Past to Future: 70 Artists,” Pendik Municipality. 19-29 October 2011. Pendik Municipality Mehmet Akif Ersoy Cultural Center, Pendik, Istanbul.
24- “Mediterranean University Faculty of Theology 1st Turkish Islamic Arts Exhibition.” 21-30 October 2011. Rixos Hotel, Antalya.