Lectures on Mesnevi in Sarajevo
Before the final conquest of Bosnia by the Turks, a great part the territory had already been under their rule. At the time when the whole region was definitively conquered, Sarajevo had all the characteristics of a town as regards its urban, economic and cultural aspects. The founder of Sarajevo,, the duke of Krajina, and later the first Bosnian sandzakbeg Isabeg Ishaković (1464—1469), had already built and prepared his rich waqf of Sarajevo. In February 1462, i.e. a year and half before the definitive conquest of Bosnia by the Ottomans, he legalized his waqfnama. His rich waqf also included a tekya of the Mevlevi order at Bantbaša in Sarajevo, and from that moment the Mevlevi dervish order (tariqat) came into existence in these regions. In this article the tradition of lecturing on Mesnevi, a famous philosophic-poetical work by Mewlana Jelaluddin Rumi (Xlllth c.), who was the ideological founder of Mevlevi tariqat, is especially discussed. According to written sources, this article established as fact that the tradition of »narrating« Mesnevi existed in Sarajevo from the second half of the XVIIth century and is still continued. According to documents or oral tradition, the names and the time of work of some lecturers on Mesnevi are determined. This is evidence that in spite of a broken continuity of tradition of lectures on Mesnevi, the continuity of that tradition existed and has been kept until now.