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Evliya’s Manuscript-Evliya’nın Elyazısı

18 Haziran 2011

Evliya Çelebi’nin kendi elyazısıyla yazdığı Seyahatname nüshasını 1964 senesinde ilk defa bulan araştırmacı Pierre MacKay, bu heyecan verici keşfin hikayesini anlatıyor:

Pierre MacKay had the pleasure and privilege to be the scholar who identified Evliya Çelebi’s own manuscript.  I have asked him to recount that remarkable experience.

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One painless way to acquire a smidgeon of academic notoriety is to attach oneself to someone whose 400th birthday is worth remembering. I had the good fortune of doing so in 1964, even before I knew who Evliya was, and he has been my companion ever since.
I was in Princeton that summer, and able to use the open stacks of the Princeton University library where, in a search for a different and at that time better known author, Katib Çelebi, I ran into a fragmentary English translation of two volumes of Evliya’s great ten-volume Travel Journal (Seyahatname). I had little time to find out much about Evliya, because I was preparing for a year in Egypt then, but I was intrigued and, in August, at the 4th International Congress of Classical Studies held in Philadelphia, I found myself talking to Alexander McDonald of Clare College, Cambridge, (a Livy scholar) who knew quite a bit about Turkey, and was also intrigued. He suggested to me that if I found an opportunity to look at manuscripts there, I should not go through the official bureaucracy, but approach the doorman of the library I was interested in, and get help from him…
 
 
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