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Adnan Oktar was born Adnan Hoca in Ankara, Turkey in 1956. He is also known by his pen name Harun Yahya. He lived in Turkey through his high school years, then moved to Istanbul in 1979 to attend an interior design course at Mimar Sinan University. He left the University before graduation.

In 1986, Adnan Oktar published the book Judaism and Freemasonry. The book suggests that the main goal of Jews and Freemasons in Turkey was to corrode the spiritual, religious, and moral values of the Turkish people. Following the publication of the book, Oktar was arrested and imprisoned. He was transferred to a mental hospital and placed under observation. According to his official biography he was released after 19 months.

In 1990, he founded the Scientific Research Foundation, through which he still functions. Then, in 1995, he founded the Foundation for Protection of National Values, through which he interacts with other traditional Islamist and nationalist organizations and individuals.

In early 1998, Adnan Oktar and the SRF launched a campaign against Darwinism. Thousands of free copies of Adnan Oktar's book, The Evolution Deceit, and the booklets based on this book were distributed throughout Turkey. Oktar has also written numerous books under the name Harun Yahya arguing against evolution. He is considered by some to be the leading Muslim advocate of creationism. His latest publication, The Atlas of Creation, was published in October 2006. Thousands of copies of the book have been delivered to schools, prominent researchers and research institutes throughout Europe and the United States on an unsolicited basis.

In August 2007, Oktar was able to get a Turkish court to block Internet access to WordPress.com to all of Turkey. His lawyers argued that blogs on WordPress.com contained libelous material on Oktar which WordPress.com staff was unwilling to remove. On April 10, 2008, Google Groups was blocked in Turkey following a libel complaint by Adnan Oktar. As of May 5, 2008, the ban remains in effect for TTNet users. On September 19, 2008, a Turkish court banned internet users in Turkey from viewing the official Richard Dawkins Web site after Oktar claimed its contents were defamatory, blasphemous and insulted religion. In response, Dawkins posted a Turkish translation of his "Venomous Snakes, Slippery Eels and Harun Yahya" article on his site, which points out factual errors in Oktar's Atlas of Creation. One week later, a complaint by Oktar led to the banning of the internet site of the Union of Education and Scientific Workers.

In 2008 Oktar was convicted of a variety of crimes including engaging in criminal threats and creating an illegal organization for personal gain. On May 2008 Oktar and 17 other members of his organization were sentenced to three years in prison. Oktar intends to appeal these charges.


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