Vak?a-nŘvis Mehmed RÔid Efendi, Hayat?, Eserleri, Edebţ Kiilii Vaka-nuvis Mehmed Rasid Efendi, His Life, Works anf Literary Personality


Author(s): Halit BLTEKN

Mehmed Raid Efendi, one of the foremost poets and historians of XVIII. century, was born in stanbul. His date of birth is unknown. Being from the period’s most important scholars Malatyal? Mustafa Efendi was his father. He took the “mülaz?m” (= novice) title from Ebu Sa’id-zade Feyzu’llah Efendi in 1104/1692-3. In 1116/1704-5 he was appointed to the “müderrislik” (=professorship) of the Hac? lyas Madrasah. In 1126/1714 he was given the official duty of “vak’a-nüvislik” (=chroniclership”). In 1135/1723 he become the Haleb’s Cadi. In 1140/1728 he was settled to the “beylerbeyilik” (=governorship) of Rumeli province and then sent to Iran as an ambassador. In 1141/1729 he was the Qadi of stanbul until his dismissal at the date of 1143/1730. After the Patrona Halil Rebellion, he was banished to Istankoy, Bursa and Limni in turn. Later on, he returned to Istanbul and appointed as the “kazasker” (=high officer in the hierarcy of the Moslem Judiciary) of Anatolia. He passed away on 18 Safer 1148/10 July 1735. He left us his Tarih (=Chronickle), Divan (= Collection of Poems), masnavi titled S?hhat-abad, some “fetih-name”s (= poems celebrating a victory) and “vakfiye”s (= deeds of trust of a pious foundation)


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