The One Example of Ajaib Literature: Hikaye-i Garibu'L-Asar of Uskudarli Sirri

Aksoyak I. H.

MILLI FOLKLOR, no.103, pp.111-122, 2014 (Journal Indexed in AHCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: Issue: 103
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Title of Journal : MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Page Numbers: pp.111-122


In the literature of traditional narratives the Turkish words "acayip" and "garip" refer to narratives in which strange events and circumstances of the universe, the world, countries, cities, people, animals, mountains, seas, in short all living and non-living things are told. These supernatural narratives have been known since ancient Greek civilization. These kinds of narratives were translated to Arabic by Arabs later and from this channel Turks transferred them to their literature. In some books, which are about geography, history, cosmology, biography or travel, and in some chapters of some books, there exist these kinds of narratives. Writers tend to tell stories or anecdotes to make narratives more attractive and dynamic, and to make readers more excited, curious or surprised. These narratives are generally about things or events that haven't been seen or heard before, and they tell myths that spread among people. However, the nature of these narratives changes in the 17th century. In this era, even under same kind of titles the narratives are more about extraordinary things and people that are seen in daily life of the society. Our article examines the similarities between Arabian supernatural literature and Turkish narratives of the same kind, and particularly Uskiidarh Sari's (Sirri of Uskiidar) masnavi called Hikoaye-i Garibii'l-Asar is analyzed as it is a part of this tradition. In conclusion the significance and place of this story among supernatural narratives is discussed and evaluated.