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Turkish poets inspired and made famous by Alisher Navoi‌‌

It is impossible to imagine the history and development of Turkic literature without the rich and multifaceted creative heritage of the classic of Uzbek literature.

Turkish poets inspired and made famous by Alisher Navoi‌‌

The famous Turkish scholar Fuat Köprülü shares this opinion: “Alisher Navoi was a great poet not only of the Turks in Central Asia, i.e., of the Uzbek literature, his works have been read and studied for hundreds of years in all corners of the Turkic world, in Anatolia and Rum, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, the Crimea and the Volga region, among the Turkmens and even in the Turkic palaces of India.” The historical books are evidence that Alisher Navoi’s works reached Turkey during his lifetime. 

E.g., in 1481, Alisher Navoi sent 33 ghazals to Sultan Bayezid II, whom he personally knew. The sultan, in turn, resent them to Bursa, to the famous poet of that time, Ahmed Paşa, for him to compose a poetic answer in the “Nazira” genre of imitation. The ghazals made a strong impression on the poet and he wrote nazir to each of them. 

You can learn more about the topic in the book-album "Illustrated copies of the works of 'Ali Shir Nava'i in Istanbul libraries" (XIX volume) from the series "Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in the World Collections".

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