By Talat S. Halman, Jayne L. Warner
From Orhon inscriptions to Orhan Pamuk, the tale of Turkish literature from the 8th century a.d. to the current day is wealthy and intricate, filled with enterprise traditions and bold ameliorations. Spanning a large geographic diversity from Outer Mongolia and the environs of China in the course of the center East all of the method to Europe, the heritage of Turkish literature embraces a large number of traditions and affects. All have left their imprint at the certain amalgam that's uniquely Turkish.
Always receptive to the nurturing values, aesthetic tastes, and literary penchants of various civilizations, Turkish tradition succeeded in evolving a sui generis character. It clung to its personal tested characteristics, but it was once versatile sufficient to welcome ideas or even progressive change.
A Millennium of Turkish Literature tells the tale of ways literature advanced and grew in stature at the Turkish mainland over the process 1000 years. The e-book good points a variety of poems and extracts, such a lot in fluid translations via Halman. This quantity presents a concise, yet fascinating, creation to Turkish literature and, with decisions from its broad additional examining part, serves as a useful consultant to Turkish literature for path adoption.
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Extra info for A Millennium of Turkish Literature: A Concise History
Ca. 1321). By the late thirteenth century, Islamic mysticism, in particular Rumi’s Sufi philosophy, had become influential in many parts of the new homeland of the Turks. After several centuries of turmoil in Anatolia—with the ravages of the Crusades, the Byzantine-Selçuk wars, the Mongol invasions, strife among various Anatolian states and principalities, and frequent secessionist uprisings still visible or continuing—there was a craving for peace based on an appreciation of man’s inherent worth.
He stood against injustice and tyranny: “When weapons and ignorance come together, pharaohs arise to devastate the world with their cruelty,” an observation that still holds true more than seven hundred years after his death. One of his most eloquent couplets proclaims: Whatever you think of war, I am far, far from it; Whatever you think of love, I am that, only that, all that. ” Like a compass I stand firm with one leg on my faith And roam with the other leg all over the seventy-two nations. ——— Seventy-two nations hear of their secrets from us: We are the reed whose song unites all nations and faiths.
Mysticism, which attributes godlike qualities to man, became the apostle of peace and the chief defender of man’s value. Hacı Bektas¸ Veli (Thirteenth Century) An influential Anatolian mystic who formulated compelling ethical precepts, Hacı Bektas¸ Veli was the founder of the Bektas¸i sect, which was to become the most popular of Anatolian sects. His teachings continue to inspire the people of Turkey. ” The tradition of Turkish humanism is best represented by Yunus Emre. His poetry embodies the quintessence of Turkish Anatolian–Islamic humanism.
A Millennium of Turkish Literature: A Concise History by Talat S. Halman, Jayne L. Warner