An Aca'ib City Between Senteriyye and iskenderiyye

Kaya F. E.

MILLI FOLKLOR, sa.103, ss.134-141, 2014 (AHCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: Konu: 103
  • Basım Tarihi: 2014
  • Dergi Adı: MILLI FOLKLOR
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.134-141


Works titled Acaibin-Mahlakal (The Wonders of Creation) discuss phenomena that astonish people such as stones, seas, mountains, cities, plants, animals, angels, and genies. Due to the large scale of their subject matters, these works are rich sources for the studies of. geography, astronomy, medicine, literature, folklore and history. There are many works, written and translated,.under the title AcelibinMahlakelt. The most frequently translated works among them into Persian and Turkish are Kazvinrs.. Acaibia-Mahlithot ye Gard'ibia:Meyciidat (The Wonders of Creation and Creations of Bizarre Nature). The first work of the genre to be known in Turkish litorature belongs to All bin Abdurrahman, which is a translation of Kazvini's work. Some of parts of the work deal with the- heavens, anti erbaa (the four elements: earth, water, air and fire), months:and seasons. In his wbi.ic Of translation, Ali bin Abdurrahman includes verses and hadiths from the Koran. In addition, ho supports:the wondrouses Kazvini talks about with a number of folk stories.This feature of it makes Ali:* Abdurrahnian's work worthy to be examined by scholars ot litOrature and folklore. In Al bin Abdutrahman'S W.Ork, the part that deals with cities not only covers a considerable plade in the boolt:but it is a."1"4flie,rnost remarkable part of it. This part consists of sevei1seOtions and includes inforniation about pities sttch as Edirne, Bursa and Istanbul, which Kazvinrs work leaves out. In his work, All bin Abclurrahman tells about a ' city which is believed to exist somewhere between Alexandria and Senteriyye: According to the author, this city which is called "Senteriyye" hid once existed but it hadIlien been macle-injisible to the eyes of the people by means of a spell. All bin Ab'durrahman tries-tp support these fultort about the city with four folk stories. This study will focus on these folk stories and-efaraine the motif of these narratives according to Stith Thompson's method.