ʿABD-AL-ʿAZĪZ QARA ČELEBIZĀDA (1591-1658), an Ottoman historian and the translator of some Persian works, born in Istanbul in 1000/1591. He was the son of Ḥosām-al-dīn Ḥosayn, a judge (kadi) of Rumeli. After finishing his studies he served as modarres in various madrasas, and at one point became kadi of Istanbul. Afterwards he was banished to Cyprus; but after returning from exile, he became the military judge (kadıasker) of Rumeli. He was šayḵ-al-eslām in 1061/1651 and died on 6 Rabīʿ II 1068/11 January 1658.
Qara Čelebizāda was much better known as a historian; his Rawżāt al-abrār deals with Ottoman history, and a work entitled Tārīḵ-e fatḥ-e Ravān ve Baḡdād about the campaign of Morād IV in Ravān and Baghdad closely concerns the history of Iran. He also translated into Turkish works connected with his occupation: Sīar-e nabawīya of Saʿīd-al-dīn Moḥammad b. Masʿūd Kāzerūnī (with the title Fawāʾeḥ al-nabawīya fī sīar al-moṣṭafawīya) and Kāšefī’s Aḵlāq-e Moḥsenī (using the same title).
Bursali M. Tahır, Osmanlı müellifleri, Istanbul, 1342/1923-24, III, p. 120.
ʿIlmiye sālnāmesi, Istanbul, 1334/1916, p. 461.
For the manuscripts of his works, see Istanbul kitaplikları Türkçe Tarih-Coğrafya yazmaları kataloğu, I, p. 1.
F. E. Karatay, Topkapı Sarayı Müzesi Türkçe yazmalar kataloğu, Istanbul, 1961, see index.
F. Babinger, Die Geschichtsschreiber der Osmanen und ihre Werke, Leipzig, 1927, I, pp. 204-06.
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