Başiretci, Ali

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Ottoman Turkish journalist.

Ali Başiretci was educated at the Imperial Service school but did not enter palace service. In 1863, he began to work for the finance ministry, and in 1869, he began to publish the daily newspaper Başiret (In-sight), which popularized Jamal al-Din al-Afghani's ideas about Muslim unity. Accused of pro-Prussian activities during the FrancoPrussian war, Başiretci was forced into exile in Jerusalem. After being pardoned, he reentered government administration as a qa'immaqam in various districts. After 1908, he attempted to reestablish Başiret, but it was closed soon after.

see also afghani, jamal al-din al-.


Shaw, Stanford, and Shaw, Ezel Kural. History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey, Vol. 2: Reform, Revolution, and Republic: The Rise of Modern Turkey, 18081975. Cambridge, U.K., and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1977.

David Waldner