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Naṣr al-Dīn K̲h̲od̲j̲a
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(modern Turkish: Nasreddin Hoca) is the label of the most prominent protagonist of humorous pro se narratives in the whole sphere of Turkish-Islamic influence, ranging from the Balkan area to the Turkic-speaking peoples of Central Asia. Naṣr al-Dīn is a legendary character whose historical existence none of the various theories regarding his alleged lifetime has succeeded to prove beyond doubt. The character from the 10th/16th century onwards increasingly served as a point of crystallisation for an otherwise amorphous popular trad…

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Marzolph, U., “Naṣr al-Dīn K̲h̲od̲j̲a”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_5842>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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