Coskun M.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.95, pp.72-82, 2012 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 95
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Journal Indexes: Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.72-82


Pilgrimage narratives have much important place in the genre of travel literature of the world. Before the 19th century, Ottomans often made travel for different purposes. It is known that in Ottoman society a great number of learned men, writer and poets made travel to distant places of the Ottoman state in order to perform an official duty. Every century tens of thousand of people participated in wars and military expenditures. Moreover, enormous number of people made travel in order to get knowledge and to obtain spiritual gains. Contrary to a great number of people having anecdotes of travel, there is insufficient number of travel books, autobiographical and diary-like works in hand. This is because Turks and other Muslim nations wrote works with religious, official and literary reasons. There are a lot of works on hajj in manuscript libraries of Istanbul. But most of them are about the halting places of annual hajj caravans and about the rituals of hajj, which is suitable to the characteristic of Turkish and Islamic cultural traditions. There is also insufficient amount of personal information in Nabi's Tuhfetu'l-Harameyn, which is one of the most famous and most literary travel narratives of hajj in Ottoman literature. It is very difficult to drive information about with whom Nabi travelled, and what difficulties he faced during the travel. Nabi's travel book even does not include the most interesting anecdote of Nabi about the ghazel "bu", which is still alive among Turkish people.