BAYĀNI,JĀR-ALLĀH-ZĀDA, Shaikh Moṣtafā (d. 1005-6/ 1597), a Turkish poet who composed taḵmis (poems consisting of stanzas of five lines [meşrāʿ] each) on the ḡazals of Hāfeẓ. He was born in the town of Rusçuk, in present-day Bulgaria. After completing his elementary studies, he traveled to Istanbul where he became the pupil of Mehmed Çelebi (Moḥammad Čalabi), son of the former Šayḵ-al-Eslām, Abuʾl-Saʿud. When Mehmed Çelebi was appointed to the judgeship of Aleppo, Bayāni became his deputy. Returning from Aleppo, he taught and functioned as judge for a while before joining the Ḵalwati Sufi Order. In 962/1554-55, he was the assistant to Moḥyi-e Golšani for six months in Edirne (Golšani, p. 167). He then became šayḵ at the Sofular hospice in Istanbul.
Bayāni knew also Arabic, and took up the challenge of writing odes in Persian using only dotless letters. In addition, he wrote an anthology (taḏkera) containing biographies of Turkish poets and a commentary in Arabic on the Qaṣīda al-borda.
ʿAšeq Čalabi, Mašāʿer al-šoʿarā, ed. G. M. Meredith- Owens, London, 1971, p. 59a, Ḥasan Čalabi, Taḏkera al-soʿarā, ed. I. Kutluk, Ankara, 1978, I, pp. 229ff.
Bayāni, (Taḏkera) ms. Istanbul University Library, TY 2568, ff. 18b-19a, ʿAli (konh al-aḵbār) ms. Istanbul University Library, TY 2359, f. 210b, Golšani, Manāqeb-e Ebrāhīm Golšani, ed. T. Yazīcī, Ankara, 1982.
Aṭāʾi, Ḥadāʾeq al-ḥaqāʾeq fi takmela al-šaqāʾeq, Istanbul, 1268/1851, p. . S. Nüzhet Argun, Türk sairleri, I, p. 832.
Aḡah Sirri Levend, Türk ēdebiyati tarihi, Ankara, 1973, pp. 286 ff.
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