Author(s): Nurgül SUCU

Mir’âtu’l-Ahlâk, or Mirror of Morality, written by a 17th century author, Bostanzâde Yahyâ Efendi, is a didactic book on morality in the prose form that dealt in detail with the moral structure of the Ottoman society at the time as well as the perceptions of morality of the intellectuals of the time. Consists of 24 chapters that deal with moral values and virtues. The topics that the book handles include virtues such as prayers, patience, thankfulness, bravery, intelligence, seriousness, consent, loyalty, secretiveness, generosity, forgiveness, chastity, modesty, coyness, confidence, compassion, protectiveness, consultation, softness of manner, industriousness, foresight, seizing opportunity, caution, establishing good rapport with the good, and abiding by the law and obligations originating from official duties such as emirate, vizierdom, governorship and kingdom. In this article, Mir’âtu’l-Ahlâk will be presented in its outlines and then the meaning and content of “worship”, which constitutes the first chapter of the book, will be elaborated on.


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