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CitationAvcı, B. (2018). Papasnâme, In D. Thomas, (Ed.), Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900. Brill Academic Publishers. http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2451-9537_cmrii_COM_27227
This vision narrative, which foretells the future of the Ottoman dynasty and the events of the end time, exists in seven manuscripts with various titles, and is most commonly known as Papasname (‘The priest’s book’). It takes up 30 folios in the Kütahya manuscript (1671), and includes Derviş Mehmed’s conversion narrative. The text mentions the Prophet Muhammad as having ‘come to the world a thousand and six years ago’ (MS Kütahya, fol. 7V), which leads to the assumption that the work was originally composed in 1546/7. However, it has recently been argued that the calculation was in fact from the hijra, making the date of the original 1597/8 (see e.g. OTTPOL, ‘Papasname’). The narrative features two main characters in conversation, Derviş Mehmed himself, and his şeyh, Abdurrahman. Mehmed addresses şeyh Abdurrahman as ‘father’, and the şeyh addresses Mehmed as ‘son’. The work consists of two main parts. The first takes the form of a dialogue (more precisely, questions and answers) between Mehmed and the şeyh. It focuses on knowledge of the unknown, the significance of authentic dream visions, the characteristics of real scholars, and apocalyptic expectations. Throughout, the şeyh tries to persuade Mehmed to write down and convey the vision of the future of the Ottoman dynasty with which he has entrusted him. The second part lists the names of 70 future Ottoman sultans, noting the main events that are to occur during their reign (it includes names such as Yusuf, Ali, Omer, Hasan and üiseyin, which are not the names of any historical rulers). The work ends with biographical data about Mehmed’s şeyh. The book is very rich in apocalyptic detail. According to the şeyh, the end time is not imminent, since Islam has not yet reached all corners of the world. He says that 70 Ottoman sultans will rule before the second coming of Jesus, and the last sultan will be called Ali. Then Jesus will kill the Antichrist and defeat his entire army, and Islam will rule throughout the world. After Jesus, the earth will ultimately crumble. There is no mention of a Mahdi, and Jesus appears as the leading figure of the end time.