Historian and poet (b. ?, Bitlis – d. 1520, İstanbul). He was called to the palace and taken under the protection of Sultan Bayezid II whose attention he attracted by a letter he wrote when he was the Divan*clerk of Yakup (the son of Uzun Hasan from the Akkoyunlu rulers). He wrote the history of the eight Ottoman Sultans and their periods on the orders of Sultan Bayezid II.
He was commanded to give Ottoman propaganda in Eastern Anatolia by Sultan Yavuz Selim. He played an important role in giving the Ottomans dominance in Eastern Anatolia cities like Cizre, Siirt, Hasankeyf, Diyarbakır, Bitlis and Mardin. İdris-i Bitlisî, who wrote poems in three languages, is known better for his history titled Heşt Bihişt (Eight Heavens).
Heşt Bihiş (The Meaning of Eight Heavens, written in Persian on the request of Bayezid II in the form of 80 thousand verses. It was translated into Turkish by Abdülbaki Sadi from Van, in 1733, but it not published.), Mir’atül-Uşşak (The Mirror of the Lovers), Bahariye (Spring, kaside*), Hasaniye (Hasaniye, kaside*).
His history and his other works were not printed.
REFERENCE: İsmail Hakkı Uzunçarşılı / Osmanlı Tarihi (c. 2, s. 273-276, 604, 616, 629, 1947-59), Bursalı Mehmed Tahir / Osmanlı Müellifleri III (1975), Mehmet Bayraktar / Bitlisli İdris (1991), Abdulkadir Özcan / TDV İslâm Ansiklopedisi (c. 21, s. 485-488, 2000), İhsan Işık / Türkiye Yazarlar Ansiklopedisi (2001, 2004) - Resimli ve Metin Örnekli Türkiye Edebiyatçılar ve Kültür Adamları Ansiklopedisi (2006, gen. 2. bas. 2007) – Ünlü Devlet Adamları (Türkiye Ünlüleri Ansiklopedisi, C. 1, 2013) - Encyclopedia of Turkey’s Famous People (2013).