Evliya Çelebi in Bitlis
The Relevant Section of the Seyahatname
ISBN10: 9004092420 ISBN13: 9789004092426 Contributors: Celebi, evliya Publisher: Brill Academic Pub Published: Apr 1 1990 Weight: 2.00lbs. Height: 10.00" Width: 6.75" Depth: 1.25" Language: English
In 1655 and 1656 Evliya Celebi found himself three different times in the eastern Anatolian town of Bitlis, the center of a quasi-independent Kurdish khanate having a long and tumultuous relationship with the Ottoman state. The account of Evliya's adventures in Bitlis, including a major expedition against the khan mounted by Evliya's patron Melek Ahmed Pasha, the Ottoman governor of Van, forms a coherent narrative which deserves to be studied on its own.
The centerpiece of the book is a critical edition of three long extracts, amounting to forty-three folios of the autograph ms., form volumes IV and V of the Seyahat- name, along with an annotated English translation on facing pages. The introduction discusses the narratological, historical, and linguistic aspects of the text, and there is a complete index of proper names.