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Âşık Mehmed
(437 words)

Mehmed ibn Ömer ibn Bayezid el-Âşık

Date of Birth: Presumably 1556/7

Place of Birth: Trabzon

Date of Death: After 1598

Place of Death: Unknown; presumably Damascus


The son of a teacher at the Qur’an elementary school, Âşık Mehmed grew up in Trabzon. He was familiar with the Greek language as a result of living alongside Christians in his neighbourhood. He also learned Arabic and Persian at the local madrasa (Menâzırü l-avâlim, ed. Ak, p.…

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Sariyannis, Marinos, “Âşık Mehmed”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 11 July 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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