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, also known as K̲h̲ayālī Bey or K̲h̲ayālī Meḥmed Bey , nicknamed Bekār Memi as he was never married, Ottoman Turkish poet (d. 964/1556). He was born in Vardar Yenid̲j̲esi (modern Giannitsa), near Salonica in Macedonia. He did not go through the usual medrese training, but taught himself most of the knowledge expected in an educated man of his time, and began, as a very young man, to write poetry. The poets Uṣūlī and Ḥayretī were among his friends. According to ʿĀs̲h̲i̊ḳ Čelebi, his closest friend and whose Ted̲h̲kire is a main source for his biography, he came at an early age unde…

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İz, Fahīr, “K̲h̲ayālī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 14 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4252>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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