A replica of the poem “Layla and Majnun” inscribed in Naskh calligraphy by Sheikh Hamdullah was lately unveiled in Berlin, Germany. This revelation coincides with the 500th anniversary of the demise of Sheikh Hamdullah, who is taken into account the founder of the Turkish calligraphy college. Let’s get to know this grasp by studying his life story.
Sheikh Hamdullah, thought-about the calligrapher who introduced the art of Islamic calligraphy to the forefront, was born in Turkey’s Black Sea province of Amasya. While receiving spiritual sciences and literary classes from Hatip Kasım Efendi, the well-known trainer of the period, he was additionally in a position to study superior Arabic. His first calligraphy trainer was Sufi Çelebizade Ali Efendi. After he turned a clerk for Sultan Mehmed II, also referred to as Mehmed the Conqueror, he accomplished his calligraphy research in Amasya below the steering of Hayrettin Halil Çelebi.
Sheikh Hamdullah was generally known as “Kıbletül Küttab” (the Qiblah of Clerks) for his calligraphy and his distinctive fashion. His calligraphy developed and have become so lovely that though the calligraphers of his time and in the next period tried to mimic him, only a few might replicate his ability.
Starting from when he was a nonetheless solely a şehzade (son of a sultan) and governor of Amasya, Ottoman Sultan Bayezid II revered Sheikh Hamdullah and even served the grasp by holding Hamdullah’s calligraphy inkwell in his personal arms whereas he labored. He made positive to seat the calligrapher close to him on the occasions and distinguished him from different friends.
Bayezid II, who ascended the throne after the demise of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror in 1481, invited his trainer Sheikh Hamdullah to Istanbul whereas he was leaving Amasya. Some time after Bayezid II’s ascension to the throne, Sheikh Hamdullah went to Istanbul. Hearing that his trainer had come to Istanbul, Sultan Bayezid II allotted a room close to the palace’s harem (the half set aside for girls and from which nonfamily males are excluded) to be near him attributable to his fondness for the influential artist. Later, Sheikh Hamdullah was appointed as a court docket clerk.
Sheikh Hamdullah, the grasp of calligraphers, acquired the title of “sheikh” for archery. Famous for making bows and arrows, he was a gifted archer as nicely. He broke the archery report, which led him to be appointed by Sultan Bayezid II because the sheikh of the Ok Meydanı archers. Sheikh Hamdullah was additionally a gifted tailor. People had issue discovering the seams of the caftans, conventional cotton or silk ankle-length clothes, he sewed. Sheikh Hamdullah even sewed a caftan as a present for Bayezid II when he was a şehzade.
After Bayezid II’s demise, Sheikh Hamdullah went into full seclusion for eight years through the reign of Sultan Selim I, generally known as Selim the Grim or Selim the Resolute, who succeeded his father. He spent his days educating college students and instructing disciples below his non secular steering. He died in Istanbul in 1526 and was buried in Karacaahmet Cemetery.
A calligraphy museum named after the grasp was opened in downtown Amasya in 2018. The Sheikh Hamdullah Scripture History and Islamic Calligraphy Museum, which is the primary and solely calligraphy museum in the world, options one of the best examples of the art of calligraphy. At the museum, the art of calligraphy is launched in the corporate of manufacturing levels of arts similar to bookbinding, marbling and illumination, in addition to offering info on the event of writing, ranging from Egyptian, Sumerian and Hittite scripts.