Gelibolulu Mustafa Ali
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Gelibolulu Mustafa Ali (Muṣṭafā ʿĀlī) (948–1008/1541–1600) was an Ottoman poet, littérateur, historian, and civil servant. His full name was Mustafa ibn Ahmed ibn Abdülmevla (Muṣṭafā b. Aḥmed b. ʿAbdülmevlā), and Ali was his adopted pen name. Born in Gelibolu (Gallipoli) as the son of a well-to-do merchant, he received a good education and studied at the best medreses (madrasas) in Istanbul. Avoiding the normal career path in the learned establishment (ilmiye, ʿilmiyye), he tried his luck at the court of Prince Selim (Selīm), later Sulṭān Selim II (r. 974–82/1566–7…

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Schmidt, Jan, “Gelibolulu Mustafa Ali”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 22 September 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 9789004282100, 2015, 2015-1

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