The Ottoman Supreme Revolutionary Committee and Its Actions in Turkish Intelligence Documents


BILIG, vol.96, no.96, pp.61-91, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 96 Issue: 96
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Journal Name: BILIG
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Index Islamicus, Linguistic Bibliography, Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Political Science Complete, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.61-91
  • Keywords: Ottoman Supreme Revolutionary Committee, Mehmet Ali, Ref'i Cevad, Rauf Orbay, Dashnaktsutyun, Hoybun, the contract
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


This study reports on the program and actions of the Ottoman Supreme Revolutionary Committee, which was founded by Damat Ferid Pasha's Minister of Interior Mehmet Ali Bey in Paris. In addition, the reorganization of the committee as 'National Freedom Party' with the support from British and Greek politicians, the enterprises undertaken to rally all opposition groups outside Turkey, and the dialogue with Armenian and Kurdish groups are elaborated. The article is mostly based on the National Security Service (MEH) intelligence documents which are preserved in the archives of General Directorate of Security. The letters to intelligence units by the journalist Ref'i Cevad (Ulunay), who were among "Yuzellilikler" - 150 persona non grata - and snitched for Turkish Republic, are also examined for the first time.