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Gurbetnâme-i Sultan Cem

(563 words)

Author(s): Demiri, Lejla
Biography No information is available about the identity of the author of Gurbetnâme-i Sultan Cem (‘The book of exile of Prince Cem’), which shows close similarities with an earlier work, Vâkıât-ı Sultan Cem (‘The events in the life of Prince Cem’), though it also differs significantly. The Vâkıât is believed to have been written by one of the close companions of the Ottoman prince Cem Sultan, a member of his entourage who accompanied him during his long years of exile in Europe. The author of the Vâkıât kept his identity hidden and preferred to remain anonymous. Some historian…

 Gurbetnâme-i Sultan Cem

(4,116 words)

Author(s): Demiri, Lejla
Gurbetnâme‘The book of exile of Prince Cem’, ‘The book of exile’ Gurbetnâme-i Sultan Cem Date: Unknown (presumably sometime in the 1520s, and no later than the 1540s) Original Language: Ottoman Turkish Description The  Gurbetnâme-i Sultan Cem, ‘The book of exile of Prince Cem’, is a biography of the Ottoman prince, Cem Sultan, also known in Europe as Sultan Zizim. He was the son of Sultan Mehmed II the Conqueror (r. 1444–6 and 1451–81), and brother of Sultan Bayezid II (r. 1481-1512). His adventurous life turned him into a legend…

Abū l-Faḍl al-Suʿūdī al-Mālikī

(503 words)

Author(s): Demiri, Lejla
Abū l-Faḍl (ibn Muḥammad) al-Suʿūdī (and/or al-Masʿūdī) al-Mālikī Date of Birth: Unknown Place of Birth: Unknown Date of Death: After April 1536 Place of Death: Unknown; presumably Egypt Biography Abū l-Faḍl al-Suʿūdī was a theologian, Mālikī jurist and poet. In some sources, he is called al-Suʿūdī (Ḥajjī Khalīfa, Kashf al-ẓunūn, vol. 1, p. 379; Kaḥḥāla, Muʿjam al-muʾallifīn, vol. 8, p. 68), while in some others his name appears as al-Masʿūdī (Sarkīs, Muʿjam al-maṭbū ʿāt, vol. 2, p. 1745). In the extant manuscripts of his works, he is almost always identified as al-Su ʿūdī, suggesting…

 Al-muntakhab al-jalīl min Takhjīl man ḥarrafa l-Injīl

(1,228 words)

Author(s): Demiri, Lejla
‘A splendid selection from The shaming of those who have altered the Gospel’ Abū l-Faḍl (ibn Muḥammad) al-Suʿūdī (and/or al-Masʿūdī) al-Mālikī Date: April 1536 Original Language: Arabic Description As indicated by the title and further explained in the introduction of the work (ed. al-Badrī, p. 19), this is a polemical treatise against Christians based on Abū l-Faḍl’s selected extracts from Ṣāliḥ ibn al-Ḥusayn al-Jaʿfarī’s Takhjīl man ḥarrafa l-Tawrāt wa-l-Injīl, ‘The shaming of those who have altered the Torah and the Gospel’. The Muntakhab consists of an introduction, ten c…