ḤOSĀM-AL-DIN ʿALI BEDLISI NURBAḴŠI, Kurdish Sufi author of a commentary on the Koran among other works (d. 900/1494-95), and father of the well-known historian Edris Bedlisi (d. 926/1520). There is no information about his early life. However, Ḥosām-al-Din’s works attest to the fact that he was well educated and that he knew both Arabic and Persian. After completing his education, or possibly shortly before that, he joined the Nurbaḵšiya Sufi order, which was a branch of the better-known Kobrāwiya order (IA XII/1, p. 11) founded by Najm-al-Din Kobrā (d. 618/1221). It is likely that he became a follower, and eventual successor, of Moḥammad Nurbaḵš (d. 869/1465), the actual founder of this order. Ḥosām-al-Din died at Bedlis in 900/1494-95, where he is buried.

Works in Persian: (1) Šarḥ-e Golšan-e rāz, a commentary on Maḥmud Šabestari’s Golšan-e rāz. Both manuscripts are preserved at Antalya Library (no. 164, pp. 297-752; and no. 164, pp. 891-1551). (2) Aṭwār-e sabʿa-ye qalb, on the seven attitudes of the heart, a manuscript of which can be found at Istanbul Beyazıt Public Library (Veliyuddin, no. 1795). (3) Kalemāt wa Maqālāt, a collection of his mystical pronouncements. A manuscript copy of this work is located at Antalya Library (no. 164).

Works in Arabic: (1) Jāmeʿ al-tanzil wa taʾwil, a two-volume commentary on the Koran. A manuscript of this work can be found at Selimiye Library in Edirne (Osmanlı müellifleri I, p. 71). (2) Šarḥ-e eṣṭelāḥāt al-ṣufiya, a commentary in Arabic on ʿAbd-al-Razzāq Kāšāni’s (d. 736/1335) work of the same title. A manuscript is located at the Manisa Municipal Library (no. 1444).



Antalya Müzesi-Alanya Müzesi (Antalya and Alanya museums]), pp. 187-188, 197-98, 262.

Bursalı M. Tahir. Osmanlı Müellifleri (Ottoman authors), Istanbul, 1333/1917, I, p. 58.

Türkiye Yazmaları Toplu Kataloğu (Collected catalogue of manuscripts in Turkey), Istanbul, 1989.

(Tahsin Yazici)

Originally Published: December 15, 2004

Last Updated: March 23, 2012

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