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In Orhan Pamuks fascinating novel My Name is Red, which takes place in Istanbul of 1591, chief imperial painter Master Uthman tells the young Qara a story that the unfortunate and resentful painters of Sulayman the Magnificent had recounted to the Sultan, who they believed favored calligraphers over painters, in order to illustrate the precedence of the art of painting over calligraphy. This book presents a brief account of Mustafa Âlis life and work and a review of the previous scholarship on the Epic Deeds. A summary of the texts contents and structure precedes a description of its extant copies and the date of the texts authorship. In the transcription of the text, where needed, for the sake of clarity or proper grammar, words or phrases from other versions are inserted into the authoritative text in parentheses.

Keywords: Epic Deeds; Mustafa Âlis life; Orhan Pamuk

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