Pieter van Woensel’s ‘Remarks’

Pieter van Woensel, Remarks, made on a journey through Turkey, Natolia, the Crimea and Russia, in the Years 1784–89

An English translation and commentary by Laban Kaptein in three parts – Now available: Part I and II. This is the first unabridged English translation of Pieter van Woensel, Aanteekeningen gehouden op eene reize door Turkijen, Natoliën, de Krim en Rusland in de jaaren 1784–89. Continue reading.


Ahmed Bican Yazıcıoğlu, Dürr-i meknûn. Kritische Edition mit Kommentar.

DMpackshot.150x200png2007 saw the publication of the first critical text edition of the Dürr-i Meknûn, the Turkish cosmography by the famous dervish Ahmed Bican (Ahmed Bidjan, Bijan) Yazıcıoğlu. The publishing of this 15th century work, edited by the Dutch Turkologist Laban Kaptein, is particularly significant for research into culture and language in the early Ottoman period. The Dürr-i Meknûn The Hidden Pearl, does indeed appear to be a treasure trove of exceptional material, some of which had remained concealed. Two examples include passages about deer worship and a tale about the Flood. Continue reading.