Concerning the library at the teke of Salaheddin baba, built by Osman Pazvantoglu in Vidin (historical realia) Cover Image
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За библиотеката към текето на Саляхеддин баба, построено от Осман Пазвантоглу във Видин (исторически реалии)
Concerning the library at the teke of Salaheddin baba, built by Osman Pazvantoglu in Vidin (historical realia)

Author(s): Svetlana Ivanova
Subject(s): History, Social Sciences, Cultural history, Library and Information Science, Other, Sociology, Ethnohistory, Local History / Microhistory, Military history, Modern Age, Special Historiographies:, Theology and Religion, Islam studies, 19th Century, The Ottoman Empire
Published by: Издателска къща "Гутенберг"
Keywords: Ottoman history; Historical figures; Balkan history; Ottoman empire; Libraries; Medieval libraries; Book collections; Books;
Summary/Abstract: In this paper a hypothesis has been discussed that during a certain period of time at the beginning of 19th century at the tekke of Salaheddin baba (which turbe has been built by the famous Osman Pazvantoglu in the town of Vidin in 1801), there was a book collection or a library. This case study has been examined in the context of several topics: 1) the history of the town of "Islam serhad" Vidin; 2) Osman Pazvantoglu and his family; 3) Osman's activity in the field of Islamic charity and his building works; 4) the cult of Muslim Martyrs, precisely of "late" sehids, and the image of sehid Salaheddin/Salatin baba, killed in the battle when the Austrians besieged the Vidin castle in 1689; the tekke is mentioned in documents as a tekke, baba hanegah, zaviye, dergah and financially was supported in the 19th century by the vakf of Osman Pazvantoglu; according to the Muslim' folklore from Vidin his turbe became a worship place and Salaheddin was honoured as a healer; 5) the library of Osman Pazvantoglu; 6) Data found in the Catalogue of the Osman Pazvantoglu's Library from 1837 and in a manuscript from the same library, support the hypothesis of the existence of a book collection or a library in the tekke of Salaheddin baba, the books of the tekke have been moved to the public library of Pazvantoglu probably before 1837. The collection consisted of 30 manuscripts, 11 of which were described in the section "Sufizm, moral and sermon" of the Catalogue from 1837.