Dīvān-i dū sarāyandah az qarn-i nuhum : Qāz̤ī ʻĪsá Sāvajī va Shaykh Najm al-Dīn Masʻūd

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This volume is an annotated edition of a work by Idris Bitlisi, an Ottoman Kurdish religious scholar and administrator from Bitlis who began his career in the court of the Aq Qoyunlu (Ak Koyunlu), a dynasty which ruled Iran in the 15th century. After the dynasty was overthrown by the Safavid Isma'il I, he moved to the land of the Ottomans and served first Sultan Bayezid II and then Sultan Selim I for the rest of his life. He died in Constantinople on 15 November 1520. He wrote a number of works, including Hasht Behesht, a history of the Ottoman Empire composed in 1506. In the present book, he collected what he could find of the Persian poetry of two dignitaries of the court of Aq Qoyunlu who were his patrons during his years in Iran. Both men, Qadi Safi al-Din 'Isa Sadr (d. 1491) and Shaykh Najm al-Din Mas'ud (d. 1492), were from the town of Saveh in central Iran. Altogether, he collected 129 ghazals (lyric poetry) from the first and 96 from the second. The edited volume contains long chapters on the biographies of the two poets and includes many additional pieces of poetry attributed to them found in other Persian sources.

Kitābkhānah, Mūzih va Markaz-i Asnād-i Majlis-i Shūrā-yi Islāmī
Original Publication
Girdʹāvardah-ʼi Idrīs ibn Ḥusām al-Dīn ʻAlī Bidlīsī