Author(s): Nurullah C?C?O?LU
Battal Gazi is a Muslim commander showing great heroism in UmayyadByzantine wars in the process of spreading Islam. During intensifying Turkish-Byzantine struggles after the conquest of Anatolia by the Turks, it is seen that this unforgettable hero was symbolized in the struggles of the Turks with the same feelings and purposes like their ancestors. Containing epics occurring around the personality of his historical-epic story “Battalname” gains a special importance as an example of the most common post Islamic legends which are formed on the basis of Turkish epic saga tradition. Seyyid Battal Gazi is the first Turkish epic that emerged in Anatolia. This epic began to be transferred to writing starting from the 11-12th century and many copies of the epic which were written on various dates in verse and prose have survived to the present day. In our study, it was determined that the span of this epic is not limited only with Anatolia, it has a span of all Turkish world geography. It was revealed that many other written copies of the epic in different Turkish dialects are available in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tatarstan, different from the written copies of Anatolia. In this study, information was given about the epic of Seyyid Battal Gazi which contains the texts of the Kazakh Turkic manuscripts and printed copies and among those identified ones a review about Tynyshlykoulu copy (T?n??l?ko?lu) that is prominent in terms of the volume and scope was presented.