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1 Thirteenth-century Turkish Sufi poet Yunus Emre explained this philosophy as "Yaratılanı severiz, Yaratandan ötürü" or "We love the creature, because of The Creator."
2 Yunus Emre (Turkish pronunciation: [juˈnus emˈɾe]) also known as Derviş Yunus (Yunus the Dervish) (1238–1320) was a Turkish folk poet and Sufi mystic who greatly influenced Turkish culture.
3 The UNESCO General Conference unanimously passed a resolution declaring 1991, the 750th anniversary of the poet's birth, International Yunus Emre Year.
4 Yunus Emre has exercised immense influence on Turkish literature from his own day until the present, because Yunus Emre is, after Ahmet Yesevi and Sultan Walad, one of the first known poets to have composed works in the spoken Turkish of his own age and region rather than in Persian or Arabic.
5 Yunus Emre was a Sunni Muslim.
6 Like the Oghuz Book of Dede Korkut, an older and anonymous Central Asian epic, the Turkish folklore that inspired Yunus Emre in his occasional use of tekerlemeler as a poetic device had been handed down orally to him and his contemporaries.
7 Following the Mongolian invasion of Anatolia facilitated by the Sultanate of Rûm's defeat at the 1243 Battle of Köse Dağ, Islamic mystic literature thrived in Anatolia, and Yunus Emre became one of its most distinguished poets.
8 Poems of Sultan Yunus Emre — despite being fairly simple on the surface — evidence his skill in describing quite abstruse mystical concepts in a clear way.
9 Yunus Emre's most important book is Risaletü’n Nushiyye.
10 Araya araya bulsam izini İzinin tozuna sürsem yüzümü Hak nasip eylese, görsem yüzünü Ya Muhammed canım arzular seni Bir mübarek sefer olsa da gitsem Kâbe yollarında kumlara batsam Mâh cemalin bir kez düşte seyretsem Ya Muhammed canım pek sever seni Ali ile Hasan-Hüseyin anda Sevgisi gönülde, muhabbet canda Yarın mahşer günü hak divanında Ya Muhammed canım pek sever seni "Yunus" senin medhin eder dillerde Dillerde, dillerde, hem gönüllerde Arayı arayı gurbet illerde Ya Muhammed canım arzular seni (Poem about Muhammad, Ali, Hassan and Hussein.) Reverse of the 200 lira banknote (2009) Detail of the Yunus Emre Fountain in the Türkenschanzpark, Vienna, Austria.
11 Yunus Emre Memorial, Karaman, Turkey.
12 Yunus Emre Statue in Büyükçekmece, İstanbul, Turkey.
13 Fuat Köprülü continued his scholarly research and academic publications through the years, eventually culminating in his magnum opus, Turk Edebiyatinda Ilk Mutasavviflar (First Mystics in Turkish Literature), in 1918, a book that focused on two Turkish mystics and folk poets, Ahmet Yesevi and Yunus Emre.
14 Several important Ottoman-era poets were Bektashis, and Yunus Emre, the most acclaimed poet of the Turkish language, is generally recognized as a subscriber to the Bektashi order.
15 Traditional examples for Turkish folk literature include stories of Karagöz and Hacivat, Keloğlan, İncili Çavuş and Nasreddin Hoca, as well as the works of folk poets such as Yunus Emre and Aşık Veysel.
16 The development of folk poetry in Turkish—which began to emerge in the 13th century with such important writers as Yunus Emre, Sultan Veled, and Şeyyâd Hamza—was given a great boost when, on 13 May 1277, Karamanoğlu Mehmed Bey declared Turkish the official state language of Anatolia's powerful Karamanid state;
17 The poet Yunus Emre (c. 1238–1320) resided in Karaman during his later years and is believed to lie buried beside the Yunus Emre Mosque.
18 Karaman Yunus Emre monument.