The popularity of the poems of the Turkish mystic Yunus Emre 7 centuries after his death still remains today. He wrote his poetry in the same way that people spoke in central and western Anatolia.
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Turkey has established a cultural institute bearing the name of the poet Yunus Emre, and the institute takes from his saying “Come, let’s get to know each other” as a slogan, aiming to revive human values and love, and consolidate social peace.
And the name Yunus Emre confirms the cultural dimension of the modern Turkey project, and this is clearly evident in one of the most prominent manifestations of this project, which are the missions and grants organized by Turkey for foreigners wishing to learn about Turkish culture, where you find the name “Yunus Emre” closely related to grants and culture projects supported by the Turkish Republic. .
“The heart is God’s throne”
Emre was born in the village of Sarikoy in the city of Eskişehir (northwestern Turkey) in 1240 AD, that is, about 8 centuries from now, and that era coincided with the end of the Seljuk era and the beginning of the rule of Osman Ghazi, and perhaps the circumstances of that historical stage in which he grew up – according to historians – were One of the factors that helped to shine his star in the sky of Islamic mysticism literature, as that stage was characterized by turmoil in the life and history of Anatolia alike, and Anatolia was the scene of blazing fronts in the face of the Byzantines and the Mongols.
Yunus explained in some of his poems that he met the mystic writer Maulana Jalal al-Din al-Rumi (1207-1273) and met him and other great mystics such as Jaikli Baba, Palm Sultan and Ahmed Faqih, according to historical sources.
Writers say that Yunus composed his poems in the common language, rhymes, and popular meter, mixing in them the Turkish taste and the ascetic Islamic culture.
He used to see that the focus of God’s gaze is the heart, so he chanted, “The heart is a throne for God, because God looks at the hearts.”
Yunus believed that all beings reflect the beauty of God’s names and that they bear witness to his existence and oneness. He says: