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Agehi

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Author(s): Zahirović, Nedim
Agehi (Āgehī) was the pen name of the Ottoman poet and author Mansur (Manṣūr) Çelebi (d. 985/1577–8). His date of birth remains unknown, but he was a native of Yenice-i Vardar (today’s Giannitsa, in Greece). After undergoing a classical Ottoman education, he served as kadı (qāḍī) and müderris (professor) in various places, including Gelibolu (Gallipoli) and Istanbul. According to some tezkere-i şuara (tedhkire-i şuʿarā), or “biographical compendiums of poets” (for the bibliographical references, see İskender Pala, Âgehî, TDVİA, 1:448–9), Agehi was in the entourage of the kapudan
Date: 2021-07-19

Ata, Üsküplü

(386 words)

Author(s): Zahirović, Nedim
Üsküplü Ata (ʿAṭā of Üsküb, d. after 939–40/1533) was an Ottoman poet who flourished in the first half of the tenth/sixteenth century. The exact dates of his birth and death are unknown, but it can be assumed that he died post 939–40/1533. All sources about him relate that his ancestors emigrated from Iran to Rumelia and settled in Üsküp (Skopje), and he claimed descent from the famous Islamic mystic Aḥmed Yesevī (d. 562/1166). He left his education unfinished to devote himself to mysticism (taṣawwuf), first joining the Yesevi (Yasawī) order and then the Nakşibendi (Naqshbandī) order. Ata …
Date: 2021-07-19

Vasi Alisi

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Author(s): Zahirović, Nedim
Vasi Alisi (Vāsiʿ ʿAlīsi) was a well-known Ottoman münşi ( münşī, “stylist”) who was active during the reign of Sultan Süleyman (Süleymān) I. Sources ascribe various names to him, including Ali Vasi (ʿAlī Vāsiʿ), Ali Çelebi (ʿAlī Çelebi), Abdülvasi Alisi (ʿAbdülvāsiʿ ʿAlīsi), Mevla (Mevlā) Alaeddin/ʿAlāʾeddīn Ali b. Salihzade el-Rumi (ʿAlī b. Ṣāliḥzāde el-Rūmī), or simply Salihzade Rumi. Though the date of his birth is unknown, Phillippopolis (Filibe) is believed to have been his place of birth. He took t…
Date: 2021-07-19