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Awliyā Chalabī
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Awliyā Chalabī, b. Darwīsh Muḥammad Ẓillī (Evliya Çelebi) (1020–ca.1093/1611–ca.1682), was a great Ottoman Turkish traveller and author of an important travelogue, the Siyāḥat-nāmah (Seyahatname, ‘Travels’, or according to one manuscript, Tārīkh-i sayyāḥ, ‘The Traveller’s Chronicle’), which is also the only source for information on his life. Awliyā probably owes his unusual name (literally ‘saints’) to his connection with his mas-ter Awliyā Muḥammad Afandī (Evliya Mehmed Efendi), from whom he learnt qirāʾa (the science of Qurʾān recitation) (Baysun, 4/400; see Dankoff, Ott…

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Dianat, Ali Akbar and Translated by Muhammad Isa Waley, “Awliyā Chalabī”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_SIM_0316>
First published online: 2015

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