[OTTOMAN VOYAGE to the CAPE of GOOD HOPE] Ümid Burnu seyahatnâmesi

[OTTOMAN VOYAGE to the CAPE of GOOD HOPE] Ümid Burnu seyahatnâmesi

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ÖMER LÜTFI [LÜTFÜ].

 

Basiret Matbaasi - Ahmed Bey Matbaasi., Konstantiniyye (Constnatinople), [H.: 1292], 1875.

A perfect modern full leather bdg. in an Ottoman style. Foolscap 8vo. (18 x 13 cm). In Ottoman script. 112 p. Since the end of the 15th century, South Africa and Cape of Hope have become a colony of Western countries such as Portugal, the Netherland and the United Kingdom, and it has always kept the attention of the colonists due to its geographical location. It is known that the existence of the Muslim population in the region dates back to the 16th century. It is known that the Ottoman Empire was interested in the Far East, Javanese, and South African regions in the 16th century and then trying to establish a relationship. The direct relationship between the Ottoman Empire and South Africa in the 19th century, upon the request of the Muslim people and England, was formed by sending Abubakr Effendi. The Muslims, who have been in conflict with various religious issues have found the remedy to ask a scholar from the Ottoman Empire through England. After all, Abubakr Effendi reached Cape Town in 1862 and tried to resolve the conflicts among the Muslim people. (Abubakr Effendi: An Ottoman Scholar in South Africa in the Nineteenth Century: Yilmaz, Yusuf). "Ebubekir Efendi was sent to Cape Town by Sultan Abdulaziz. When the mistakes made in the name of Islam became worse with the imams who declared themselves as leaders, Muslim leaders in Cape of Good Hope conveyed their letters to the British in 1862 declaring that they needed a religious leader. Since they had not been educated for years, they had forgotten their Jawa language and could not read their own books. They sent a letter to the Queen of England, informing them that help could be sought from the Ottoman court, the center of Muslim countries at the time. The issue was refused to the Parliament and the Ottoman Ambassador Musurus Pasha was offered to the Ottoman Sultan. Abu Bakr Effendi's mission was to prevent Muslims from the Cape of Good Hope to clash with each other and to teach them the authentic Islamic knowledge free of superstition. Although Abu Bakr Efendi agreed with Arabic translators, he learned English and African languages in a short time and wrote books in order to benefit the Muslims there. On the fifteenth day he set foot on the continent, he opened a school called the "Ottoman School" and enrolled three hundred students in twenty days. He traveled to Mauritius and Mozambique. He wrote his famous book 'Bayan al-Din' (a sort of catechism) with Afrikaan in Arabic letters. Then he married Rukiye Hanim, but they divorced after a while since they had to speak by using an English and Arabic dictionary. Then he married James Cook's nephew Tahota Saban Cook. Ömer Lütfi registered in his memories all travels of Ebu Bekir Efendi for two years. Abu Bakr Effendi stayed in South Africa for 22 years and died there.". (140 yillik miras: Güney Afrika'da Osmanlilar: Uçar, Ahmet). On the first page, written 'Copies without Ömer Lütfi's seals are fake', this copy has Ömer Lütfi's personal seal. Slightly faded. Otherwise a very good copy. Four printed copies in OCLC: 427674106 (Three copies); 635151131 (One copy). Özege 22397. First Edition. Extremely rare.