About us

The word “Dergah” may, at first sight indicate the place where a religious group gathers under a single roof. However, the founders of the publishing house gave it this name with a more extended meaning of the word in mind: “Dergah is not only a place of remembrance and worship where the members of the Islamic monastries and cults reside. It is a threshold and a door; in fact, it is a door to dignity. It is somewhere to take refuge, where loved ones meet, where the bands of  kinship are formed. ‘It is a unitary place, in which every one of the 70 nations is treated evenly’.”

With the leadership of Ezel Erverdi, Hareket Journal and the Hareket Publishing were established. So that the ideas of Nurettin Topcu would be more widespread. The main purpose was to publish the books of a culture embodied with some thousand-year-old accumulated historical experience. Dergah book stores were opened in many parts of Turkey. Dergah Publishing was established in 1976, with ten-years experience in publishing. It became a company in March 1977.

An idealist team, under the leadership of Ezel Erverdi, it worked hard in the publishing business. Then they passed the torch to the young “Dergah”ers.

The team that found “Dergah”, and the new generation that sustains it in Turkey aim to hand it over to the next generation, using the opportunities of the world’s developments and technologies.

The transition of the literary and intellectual works that took place in the period following the year 1980, had its effects on the publishing business. Most publishing houses that have become prominent today set out on a journey under the post-coup circumstances to provide themselves an artistic and intellectual foundation. Some works translated in the literary and intellectual field after ‘70s were post-modern theories, stories, people, ideas and the representatives of literary movement. It was realized that the Turkish publishing world was very much ignorant of the literature of both the Western and the Eastern worlds.

Dergah Publishing aimed for a library to be established, and this struggle goes on. The basis for this library is to provide some book variety to those who wish to gather information on their own country, to know the information and  discourses around the world and to understand how they could be embraced. With this in mind, the critical works that were produced in the modern ages in the West such as La Lutte des Classes (Class Struggle) by Raymond Aron and The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler were included. In addition to these works, the classics of Islam and Tasawwuf like Muqaddimah and Al-Risala al-Qushayriyya were translated from their source languages and introduced to the Turkish intellectual world. Publishing the works that were the course books for Economy, Theology and Literature classes in Universities was very important. Works from various literary fields - poems, essays, novels, plays, memoirs and itineraries - were published. In addition to all these, efforts were made for this generation to get studies in literary fields, and the important authors of the New Turkish Literature after the Tanzimat Period (reorganizations made in Ottoman Empire).

Dergah Publishing aims to pursue the unique strengths and values of Turkey and to reach the roots of Turkish intellectual life by giving priority to literature, contemporary Turkish thoughts, contemporary Islamic thoughts, tasawwuf, philosophy, history, arts and other social sciences. It is the general policy of Dergah Publishing to raise the quality of the literary and intellectual scenes and make their connection with this land more genuine.

An important part of Dergah Publishing resides in Journals. Dergah Journal brought together many figures, most notably Mustafa Kutlu, Ezel Erverdi and Ismail Kara; as well as other known names like Ismet Ozel. It was also a ground for new artists to arise. The tradition that created a stance for the publishing house went on with the appearance of the journal. The journal is mostly for the young generation. Many poets and authors had their books published, especially with the unlimited efforts of Mustafa Kutlu. It is also a success that women were among those poets and authors. This journal may be referred as the kitchen of Dergah Publishing: A kitchen that goes on to cook and serve.

Along with the Dergah Journal, Dergah Publishing also publishes an academic and refereed periodical named Kutadgubilig (the Blissful Wisdom) Philosophy-Science Studies.

The publishing house also published some “gift books” for the esteemed instructors, some of whom passed away, and some of whom are still alive.

In this library we want to establish; we intend to include unique, problem solving texts featuring subject matter from the East, the West, the Islamic world, history, literature, philosophy, intellectual world, and every branch of art.

“Contemporary Turkish Thought,” “Contemporary Islamic Thought”, “Philosophy,” “History”, “Music” and “Turks in the Eyes of the West” are the names of the other series of our publishing house. Besides Nurettin Topcu, the works of some esteemed literati and scientists such as Mehmet Kaplan, Ahmet Hamdi Tanpinar, Abdulhak Hamid Tarhan, Omer Seyfettin, Mustafa Kutlu, Inci Enginun, Zeynep Kerman, Orhan Okay, Husrev Hatemi, Ismail Kara, Mustafa Kara, Suleyman Uludag, Teoman Duralı, Ayhan Bicak, Ali Birinci, Ahmet Tabakoglu, and Cinucen Tanrıkorur were presented to the public under these series. For the first time in Turkey,  a library about cities was presented in the name of Erzurum Library and then Rize and Istanbul Libraries were added to the list.

Prof. Dr. Inci Enginun and Prof. Dr. Zeynep Kerman prepared a five volume anthology: New Turkish Literature Texts (Yeni Türk Edebiyatı Metinleri). This anthology and the 8 volume Encyclopedia, named Turkish Language and Literature Encyclopedia (Türk Dili ve Edebiyatı Ansiklopedisi) are two important fruits of Dergah Publishing’ efforts to bring the sources of the recent period of Turkish Literature to the Turkish literary and intellectual world using a scientific way.

The Encyclopedia includes a rich anthology and literary data such as literary movements, biographic sources, literature and grammar terminologies, periodicals, newspapers and literary arts. The editorial director was Mustafa Kutlu, and the consultants were Mehmet Kaplan, Ali Nihad Tarlan, Tahsin Banguoglu, Orhan Saik Gokyay, Orhan Okay, Inci Enginun and Necla Pekolcay. All volumes of the Encyclopedia had Mustafa Kutlu and Ezel Erverdi in their Publishing Board. D. Mehmet Dogan and Ebubekir Erdem were included in the board for the first three volumes, and Ismail Kara joined the board from the fourth volume on.

The publisher and the author become, with their publishing stance, a party that tries to present an idea and an opinion. Its wish is to form a platform for knowledge and ideas. Dergah Publishing strives to raise the quality of the efforts in literary and intellectual fields and make their connection with this land more genuine.