The Book of Dede Korkut: A Turkish Epic

The Book of Dede Korkut: A Turkish Epic

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One of the oldest surviving pieces of Turkish literature, The Book of Dede Korkut can be traced to tenth-century origins. Now considered the national epic of Turkey, it is the heritage of the ancient Oghuz Turks and was composed as they migrated westward from their homeland in Central Asia to the Middle East, eventually to settle in Anatolia. Who its primary creator was no one knows, the titular bard, Dede Korkut, being more a symbol of Turkish minstrelsy than a verifiable author. The songs and tales of countless minstrels lay behind The Book of Dede Korkut, and in its oral form the epic was undoubtedly subject to frequent improvisation by individual performers. Partly in prose, partly in verse, these legends were sung or chanted in the courts and camps of political and military leaders. Even after they had been recorded in written form, they remained part of an oral tradition. The present edition is the first complete text in English. The translators provide an excellent introduction to the language and background of the legends as well as a history of Dede Korkut scholarship. These outstanding tales will be of interest to all students of world mythology and folklore.

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ISBN-13: 9780292758346
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 08/26/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Faruk Sümer (1924–1995) was Professor of History at the University of Ankara, Turkey. Ahmet E. Uysal (1922–1997) was editor-in-chief of publications at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. Warren S. Walker (1921–2002) was director of the Archiv

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPrologueLegend I: The Story of Bugach Khan, Son of Dirse KhanLegend II: The Sack of the House of Salur KazanLegend III: The Story of Bamsi Beyrek, Son of Kam BüreLegend IV: The Story of the Capture of Uruz Bey, Son of Kazan BeyLegend V: The Story of Delü Dumrul, Son of Duha KojaLegend VI: The Story of Kan Turali, Son of Kanli KojaLegend VII: The Story of Yigenek, Son of Kazilik KojaLegend VIII: The Story of Basat, Killer of the One-Eyed GiantLegend IX: The Story of Emren, Son of BegilLegend X: The Story of Seghrek, Son of Ushun KojaLegend XI: The Story of Salur Kazan’s Captivity and His Rescue by His Son UruzLegend XII: The Story of the Revolt of the Outer Oghuz against the Inner Oghuz and of the Death of BeyrekNotesBibliography

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