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Baki (Bāqī) is the pen name of Mahmud Abdülbaki (Maḥmūd ʿAbd al-Bāqī, 933–1008/1526–7–1600), who has been, from his time to the present, one of the most admired and emulated poets in the Ottoman tradition. His mastery of the kaside (qaṣīda, panegyric) and gazel (ghazal, lyric), his elegant use of Turkish, his playful use of refined rhetoric, and his sensitive reflections on nature and love are considered second to none. He was honoured as the Sultanü’ş-Şuara (Sulṭān al-Şuʿarāʾ, “Sultan of Poets”) and introduced a new style that influence…

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Andrews, Walter G. and Kalpakli, Mehmet, “Baki”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 13 December 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: 9789004252677, 2013, 2013-2

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