Born to a Jewish family, he changed later his name to Munis Tekinalp. He was sent for schooling in the Alliance Israélite Universelle school in Salonica, continuing for a rabbinical ordination (though he never practiced). He would later continue to legal studies in Salonica, completing them in Istanbul after Salonica fell to Greece.
In 1905, he bagan to write for the newspapers Asır, where he worked for five years and was promoted to its editor-in-chief
While he has teaching law and economics at Istanbul University he was engaged in tabac export. He published an economy magazine for the Association of Economy and served as a consultant for some companies until 1918.
Following World War I, he was much disappointed. He taught in the community schools, and entered active politics in the Republican People"s Party (CHP).
He served in the city council.
Tekinalp ran for the general elections in 1954 and 1957, however he could not enter the parliament. He served as the secretary general of the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce. He was a proponent of minorities within the Turkish Republic Turk-ifying themselves, and wrote such in his pamphlet Türkleştirme (1928).
Following his retirement from the Turkish Language Association in 1956, he moved to Nice for medical treatment, France, where he died 1961.