Ahmet Remzi Akyürek

Yazar, Şair

20 Kasım, 1944

Poet and writer (B. 1877, Kayseri- D. November 20, 1944, Istanbul). He is the son of Süleyman Ataullah Efendi, the sheikh of Kayseri Lodge of Mevlevi Dervishes. After he finished primary and secondary schools, he took private lessons from Göncüzade Nuh Naci Efendi and ratification from scholar Müridzade Ali Rıza Efendi. In 1982, he went to Istanbul, and worked as an assistant in Court for Account. He attended to Yenikapı Lodge of Mevlevi Dervishes, he wrote poems in his teenage years and he firstly published them in Hazine-i Fünun journal. One year later, he worked as the Persian, religion and moral teacher in Kayseri High School. Later, he gave various lectures in Konya, Kayseri, Kütahya Lodges of Mevlevi Dervishes. He became the Vice Sheikh of Kütahya Lodge of Mevlevi Dervishes, and Sheikh of Kastamonu Lodge of Mevlevi Dervishes. He went to Halep, Antep, Urfa, Kilis, Damascus, Tripoli and Kudus for inspections. In 1913, he became the Sheikh of Halep Lodge of Mevlevi Dervishes. During the First World War, he fought in Mevlevi battalion “Mücahidin-i Mevleviye” in Palestinian front.   

He stayed in Damascus for a few years and taught Mesnevi in Emeviye Mosque. Then he went to Halep, after the invasion of Halep, he went to Istanbul. In 1919, Ahmet Remzi Efendi was assigned as Postnişin to Usküdar Lodge of Mevlevi Dervishes, later lodges were closed he became the manager in Üsküdar Selimağa Library. He stayed in this duty for ten years and then he got retired with his own will in 1937. He was burried in Seyyid Burhaneddin Shrine area.

Ahmet Remzi Efendi was strongly familiar with the Arab and Persian Literature, he created works in every verse form of Divan Literature, he wrote taştir and tahmis.  He used syllabic meter beside aruz prosody, he also wrote sagas and balads in syllabic meter.

He collected some of his poems in a book titled Begüzar, rest of his works were not collected. He also had different works other than literature field, Ahmet Remzi Efendi wrote a book titled Kayseri Şairleri but he could not publish it.

Hüssein Vassaf, one of the intellectuals of the era, wrote smart, cheerful and was an unique person with a powerful mind about Ahmet Remzi Efendi in his Biography titled “Remziname” he wrote in 1924. Vassaf also informed us about Ahmet Remzi Efendi had a sense of humar and brought color in to metings he attended also was keen on scince and poem and had a large library.


POETRY: Bergüzâr.

EXPLANATION: Tuhfetü’s-Saimî (Sultan Veled’s explanation of eulogium about fasting).

BIOGRAPHY: (Biographies of senior members of the sect and sufism): Ayine-i Seyyid Sırdan, Mir’at-ı Zeynel Abidin, Tarihçe-i Aktâb.

TRANSLATION: Gülzâr-ı Aşk (about sufism, from Persian), Reynumây-ı Marifet (about sufism, from Arabic).

OTHER WORKS: Ayine-i Seyyid Sırdan (about Burhaneddin Muhakkik Tirmizi), Bir Günlük Karaman Seyahatnamesi, Fihrist-i Hub, Gülzar-ı Aşk, Lübb-i Fazilet, Manzum Kavaid-i Farisi, Mir’at’ı Zeynelabidin (about famous sufi Zeynelabidin who died in 1414 in Kayseri), Münacat-ı Hazret-i Mevlana, Rehnüma-i Marifet, Tabsıra, Tarihçe-i Aktab, Tuhfetüssaimin, Üslûb-i Mergub.

REFERENCE: Abdullah Satoğlu / Kayseri Şairleri - Başlangıçtan Bugüne Kadar (1962), Hasibe Mazıoğlu / Kayserili Mevlevi Şeyhi Ahmet Remzi Akyürek’in Hayatı ve Şiirleri (1987), Hasibe Mazıoğlu / TDV İslâm Ansiklopedisi (vol. 2, 1989), TBE Ansiklopedisi (2001), İbnülemin Mahmud Kemal İnal / Son Asır Türk Şairleri (vol. IV, 2002), Ahmet Cahid Haksever / Son Dönem Osmanlı Mevlevîlerinden Ahmet Remzi Akyürek (2002), Yusuf Turan Günaydın / “Ahmed Remzî Efendi’nin Reh-nümâ-yı Ma‘rifet Adlı Tercümesi” (Tasavvuf, issue: 15, Temmuz-Aralık 2005).


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