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Atinalı Mühtedi Mehmed
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CitationAvcı, B. (2017). Atinalı Mühtedi Mehmed. In D. Thomas, J. Chesworth (Eds.), Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History: Ottoman and Safavid Empires (1600-1700), Volume 10, (168-171 pp.). Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.
Mehmed was originally a Christian. He trained for the priesthood and studied Christian theology and the Greek sciences in Athens, the city of his birth. According to his polemical treatise Atinalu Kapucî[nin] Habîbullâh 'ın Evsâfın Tevrît’te ve İncil ve Zebûr’da Görüb îmâna Geldüğidir, he discovered in the Bible predictions of the coming of Muhammad, and set off in search of an explanation. He finally arrived in Rome, where he became convinced that the Christian scriptures were intentionally misinterpreted, and he travelled to İstanbul with the purpose of converting to İslam. He made his conversion in the presence of Sultan Ahmed I (r. 1603-17), and was given the name Mehmed.