Baycar H.

BILIMNAME, no.1, pp.773-797, 2022 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.28949/bilimname.10.50129
  • Journal Name: BILIMNAME
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Academic Search Premier, ATLA Religion Database, Index Islamicus, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Religion and Philosophy Collection
  • Page Numbers: pp.773-797
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: No


Evliya Celebi, the 17th-century Ottoman traveler, left 10 volume long travelogue behind with insights about places he visited. The depictions in his book include the names, customs, economic conditions, linguistic information, and many other aspects of the people he encountered and the land he visited. Women have played an important role in Evliya Celebi's descriptions in their appearance, names, social roles, and everyday life. In particular, piety was a significant aspect that Evliya Celebi dealt with when narrating the women of a particular place and their everyday engagement in society. When the women were not visible, or the society was segregated based on gender, he showed his appreciation by praising women's morals and the region's people. On the contrary, Evliya Celebi was disappointed in the places where the women were visible in everyday life. In this respect, Evliya Celebi is pleased with women who stay more at home and are not visible in public. This study argues that Evliya Celebi's depiction of pious women who never go out derives from his imagination of his ideal woman, Rabi'a al-Adawiyya. This imagination is thanks to Evliya Celebi's status and background, which can be summarized as pious, patriot, and loyal to the Ottoman palace.