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Mani (Maʿnī) is the name given to a form and genre of verse special to Turkish literature that is found in all geographical regions where Turkish is spoken, even if under different names. Mani poems are mostly composed anonymously, they usually originate orally and are performed individually with a certain melody or in a special mode (makam; Emeksiz, 154). Whilst in the genres closest to the mani construction outside Turkish literature, namely in the muwashshaḥ and the zajal in Arabic literature (Tuzcu, 81) and the fahlaviyyāt in Persian literature (Attari, 1074–5), the couplet …

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Emeksiz, Abdulkadir, “Mani”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 08 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_36164>
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