Ḥusayn (Ḥuseyn) Efendi, known as Hezārfenn
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(“[man of] a thousand skills”, i.e., “polymath”), Ottoman man of letters of the 11th/17th century, was the son of a certain Ḏj̲aʿfer, a native of Cos (Turkish: Istanköy). After completing his education in Istanbul he was for a time in government service as a Treasury official, and then devoted himself to writing and teaching. The generally accepted date for his death, 1103/1691-2, appears to rest solely on a deduction of G. Flügel ( Handschriften . . . Wien , ii, 104); since he was already about 70 years old in 1671 (Babinger, 228, n. 2), the date given by Meḥmed Ṭāhir, …

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Ménage, V.L., “Ḥusayn (Ḥuseyn) Efendi, known as Hezārfenn”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2986>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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