Poet (b. 1552, İstanbul - d. 27 February 1644). He received education from his father Bayramzade Zekeriya Efendi the Grand Mufti and some other famous scholars of his time. He worked as a professor at the schools of Atikali Paşa, Haseki Sultan, Şehzade and Valide in İstanbul (1587-95). He also served as a judge in Aleppo, Damascus, Egypt, Bursa and Edirne (1596-1603). He was appointed as a military judge of Anatolia (1604) and Rumelia (three times, 1604, 1610, and 1617). He was appointed Grand Mufti in 1622 and stayed in this post until his death, twice being relieved of his duties and then reappointed. He participated in the campaign against Revan (1635) and Baghdad (1638) with Sultan Murat IV. He was not as popular during the reign of İbahim I as he once was and he became ill with grief and died. He was buried in the mausoleum of Darû'l-Hadîs (a school where the traditions of Islam are taught), which was built by his father in the town of Sultan Selim.
He was regarded as the greatest poet of his period after the death of Bakî and was respected by the other great poets such as Nedim. He was famous for his lyric poems and particularly his odes, which were written in a plain language and woven with fragile dreams. Although he was a religious scholar, he abundantly used a discourse of love and gaiety. His influence on his successors lasted until the end of the 19th century. His Divan* was published by İbnülemin Mahmud Emin İnal (1918).
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