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Didactic poetry, Ottoman and modern Turkish
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Ottoman and modern Turkish didactic poetry, referred to in Turkish as hikemi, talimî, and öğretici, aims to inform, teach, and provide moral education. The content of Ottoman and modern Turkish didactic poetry ranges from religious, Ṣūfī, and moral themes to scientific and encyclopaedic topics. Such treatises, called in classical Ottoman literature nasihat-name (naṣīḥat-nāme, on advice), are categorised by topic, for example, siyaset-name (siyāset-nāme, on government and politics), fütüvvet-name (fütüvvet-nāme, on devotion to duty), menakıb-name (menāqıb-nāme, on grea…

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Horata, Osman, “Didactic poetry, Ottoman and modern Turkish”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 26 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_27726>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 9789004413481, 2020, 2020-6

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