Bibliography of Bektashism in Gazi University Turkish culture and Haci Bektash Veli Research Center Archive Haci Bektaş Velî'ni̇n yol Arkadaşi Kolu Açik Hacim Sultan ve velayetnâmesi̇

Gündüz T.

Turk Kulturu ve Haci Bektas Veli - Arastirma Dergisi, vol.55, pp.71-96, 2010 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 55
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Journal Name: Turk Kulturu ve Haci Bektas Veli - Arastirma Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.71-96
  • Keywords: Anadolu, Bektaşi, Eren, Hacim Sultan, Menkibe, Velayetnâme, Yesevi
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: No


Our knowledge about the life of Hacim Sultan, one of the Anatolian dervishes, is limited to those found in his 'Velayetname' (a kind of book written about the lives and epics of dervishes) which was composed for him and it is generally concentrated on his epic aspects. According to what is understood from this 'Velayetname', Hacim Sultan descended from Hz. Ali through İmam Ali al-Naki. Though his real name was Receb, he was widely konown as Hacim Sultan, and After Haci Bektaş Veli had given him the name 'kolu açik' (meaning opened -arm), he became famous as ' Kolu Açik Hacim Sultan'. It is not exactly clear when Hacim Sultan was in Anatolia. Yet, when we consider the rumour that he was in touch with Geyikli Baba, who was a figure during the reign of Sultan Orhan, and Otman Baba, Who is known to have lived during the reign of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, it is thought that he may have lived in the 14th century. However, as it was impossible to get in touch with one of those two people, who were historically distant from each other, it is more sensible that this information was included to his 'Velayetname' through the influence of oral traditions. On the other hand, When we take the statements of nomad and 'Akkoyunlu' Turkmens into account, it is understood that he had very close relations with the nomadic Turkmens living in Uşak district in the 16th century. The small dervish lodge, which was constructed for him in the village of 'Susuz' by Yakup Bey from 'Germiyanoǧullari', was also preserved under the rule of Ottoman Empire and the priveleges given to the foundations and commissionals of this Lodge continued in this period as well.