I was born in Afyon/Turkey in 1968. Having graduated from the Sinologue of Oriental Languages and Literatures in the Faculty of Languages, History and Geography in Ankara University in 1991 with the dissertation titled “Metrics in Modern Chinese”, I began with my post graduate study in the Department of General Turkish History in the aforecited faculty in October in the same year. Having completed the courses, I was granted scholarship and sent to the University of Beijing by the Ministry of Education in order to conduct researches in my field for a period of two years (1992-1994). After returning to Turkey, I took office as a research assistant in the Department of History in the Faculty of Letters in Ege University in 1995. In 1996, I prepared a post graduate thesis titled “Turgesh Tribe and its Dominance as per Chinese Sources” and graduated. In October in the same year, I began with my doctor's degree in the Department of General Turkish History in the university where in I was holding office. Having completed the doctoral courses, I was sent to the Beijing University of Language and Culture by Ministry of Education in order to study Traditional Chinese and to conduct researches in the field of Central Asian Turkish History between 1997 and 1998. In 2005, I was graduated from the doctoral program with dissertation titled “Cultural Life of the Turks Before Islam in the Light of Archaeological Excavations and Researches in China” (from the most ancient times to the mid IX century).I made researches in Lenin Library of Moscow, the capital of Russia in 2004, in Göttingen University in Germany in August 2005 and in Leiden University of the Netherlands. Also in 2008, I made researches on the Ancient Turkish and Chinese Culture in Lund University and Uppsala University in Sweden, in Aarhus University in Denmark, and Northwest University in China and Inner Mongolia University. I still hold office as an Associate Professor in the Department of Language and Literature of Chinese, the Oriental Languages and Literatures of Faculty of Letters in Istanbul University.
Associate Prof. Dr. Eyup SARITAS