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Katip Celebi, Ḥajji Khalifa,Muṣṭafa ibn 'Abd Allah

Mirza Firuz Shah
Jahangir 1605–1627

Katip Celebi, Ḥajji Khalifa,Muṣṭafa ibn 'Abd Allah



Katip Çelebi (كاتب جلبي), or Ḥajji Khalifa (حاجي خليفة) was the celebrated Ottoman-Turkish polymath and leading literary author of the 17th-century Ottoman Empire. He compiled a vast universal encyclopaedia, the famous Kaşf az-Zunūn, and wrote many treatises and essays. “A deliberate and impartial historian… of extensive learning”,Franz Babinger hailed him "the greatest encyclopaedist among the Ottomans." Writing with equal facility in Alsina-i Thalatha—the three languages of Ottoman imperial administration, Arabic, Turkish and Persian – principally in Arabic and then in Turkish, his native tongue— he also collaborated on translations from French and Latin. The German orientalist Gustav Flügel published Kaşf az-Zunūn in the original Arabic with parallel Latin translation, entitled Lexicon Bibliographic-um et Encyclopaedic-um (7 vols.). The orientalist Bartholomew d'Herbelot produced a French edition of the Kaşf az-Zunūn principally with additional material, in the great compendium, Bibliophile Orientale. His was born Muṣṭafa ibn 'Abd Allāh (مصطفى بن عبد الله) in Istanbul in February 1609 (Dhu’l-Qa‘da 1017 AH). His father was a sipahi (cavalrist) and silāhdār (sword bearer) of the Sublime Porte and secretary in the Anadolı muhasebesi (financial administration) in Istanbul. His mother came from a wealthy Istanbul family.[5] From age five or six he began learning the Qur’ān, Arabic grammar and calligraphy, and at the age of fourteen his father found him a clerical position in the imperial financial bureaucracy. He excelled in penmanship, accountancy and siyaqat ("Treasury cipher").[n 4][11] As the accountant of the commissariat department of the Ottoman army in Anatolia, he fought alongside his father on the Terjan campaign (1624), and in the failed expedition to recapture Baghdād from Persian control (1625). On the return home his father died at Mosul, and his uncle died a month later. In 1626–1627 he was at the siege of Erzurum. Works: Kâtip Çelebi was most productive in the decade up to his death in 1657. He authored at least 23 books, in addition to shorter essays and treatises: 1-Fadhlakat al-Tawārīkh 2-Taqwīm at-Tawārikh 3-Cihânnümâ 4-Kashf aẓ-Ẓunūn ‘an 'asāmī ‘l-Kutub wa'l-funūn 5-Düstûr ül-Amel fî Islâh il-Halel 6-Qānūnnāme-i tashrīfāt 7-Rajm al-rajīm bi’l-sīn wa’l-jīm 8-Mīzān al-ḥaqq fī iḫtiyār al-aḥaq 9-Tarih-i Frengi 10-Rawnaq al-Sultāna 11-Tuḥfat al-kibār fī asfār al-Bihār 12-Sullam al-Wuṣūl ilā Ṭabaqāt al-Fuḥūl 13-Tuḥfat al-Akhyār fī’l-Hukam wa-l’Amthāl wa-l’Asha’ār 14-Rumeli und Bosna If you want to read book please click the below Link: Muhghal Library

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