Mirim Çelebi

Mirim Çelebi was a 16th-century Ottoman astronomer. Çelebi was an honorific title meaning "gentleman".

Mirim Çelebi
Personal
Died
ReligionIslam
NationalityOttoman
EraOttoman era
RegionTurkey
DenominationSunni
JurisprudenceHanafi
CreedMaturidi
Main interest(s)Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence), Falkiat, Mathematics, Optics
OccupationJudge, Teacher
Muslim leader

His father Kutbiddin Muhammed was the grandson of the famous Ottoman astronomer Ali Kuşçu (1403–1474). Mirim Çelebi was born in İstanbul. After the death of his father, he was trained by his maternal grandfather. He served in the madrasas of Gelibolu, Edirne, Bursa and finally İstanbul as a scholar (Turkish: müderris). Sultan Bayazıt II (reigned 1481–1512) invited him to the palace as a mathematics teacher.[1]

He was also an expert of Islamic Law. During the reign of Selim I (r. 1512–1520), he briefly served as Anatolian kazasker, a high-ranked judge. In 1519, he retired and spent the rest of his life in Edirne. Mirim Çelebi died in Edirne, and was laid to rest in the graveyard of Evliya Kasim Pasha Mosque.

His main book was on optics.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Islamic Encyclopaedia (in Turkish)
  2. ^ Ahmet Efe-Ubeydullah Efe: Osmanlı Ufkundan Portreler ISBN 978-605-4766-21-5, p36-37