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The Turkish Collection

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The late 18th-century manuscript, contains a collection of chapters from the Koran (cf. Mingana 778A) and three works in Turkish. The general code of law of the Ottoman Empire. The work consists of brief introduction (90b-91a) and three chapters (bāb), in turn divided into, respectively, four, seven and seven sections ( fal). The anonymous work, in an undated copy, commences with a preface in which the unnamed author points to the usefulness of at least some knowledge of the Turkish language for those who travel in the Ottoman Empire for commercial or missionary purposes, or visit the Porte. The collection, in a late 17th-century copy, in all probability was composed by a cavuṣ of Egypt in 1592 and contains quotations of letters, or parts of letters, often only the highly stylised initial phrases.

Keywords: Egypt; Ottoman Empire; Turkish manuscripts



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