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Aşık Mehmed
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Aşık Mehmed b. Ömer b. Bayezid (Aşık Mehmed;ʿĀshiq Muḥammad), an Ottoman traveller and cosmographer, was born in Trabzon (in present-day Turkey) around 963–4/1555–6, as the son of a teacher in a local medrese (madrasa). He spent most of his adult life travelling and serving alims (ʿālims, including Kınalızade Hüseyin (Qınalızāde Ḥüseyn) and Taşköprüzade Kemaleddin (Ṭaşköprüzāde Kemāleddīn), d. 1030/1621), military officials (such as Özdemiroğlu Osman (Özdemiroghlu ʿOthmān) Paşa, d. 993/1585), and prince Mehmed (Meḥmed, the future Sultan Me…

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Hagen, Gottfried, “Aşık Mehmed”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_23770>
First published online: 2014
First print edition: 9789004269613, 2014, 2014-2



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