The Ottoman conquering of Serbia 1690 according al-Qaṣīda al-lāmiyya al-balġrādiyya
This paper provides a brief overview of the events after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire outside the gates of Vienna in 1683 with special reference to losses of the Ottoman territories in regions of today's Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia and counter offensive of the Grand Vizier Mustafa-pasha Ćuprilić against the Habsburgs in late 1689 and in the summer of 1690 during which the Ottomans managed to regain most of the lost towns and fortreesses south of the Sava river, including and Belgrade. The main focus of interest is on, so far, unpublished al-Qaṣīda al-lāmiyya al-balġrādiyya of Muḥammad b. ʻAbdurrasūl al-Ḥusaynī al-Barzanǧī (1630-1691) mufti of Shafi‘ī mazhab (school of thought) of Madinah, who directly participated during the military campaign on Serbia in 1690 in the army of the Grand Vizier Mustafa-pasha Ćuprilić. The paper gives a brief overview of the history of qaṣīda as poetic form in the ancient, classical and post-clasical period of Arab-Islamic literature, a short analysis of stylistic elements of qaṣīda, detailed author's biography and bibliography, the integral text of the authentic manuscript on Arabic language No.2154/6, the original manuscripts were kept in the library of Faizullah Effendi in Istanbul, and translation to Bosnian language, with extensive footnotes of the chronology of the campaign, explanation of the names of places, towns and fortresses, also the basic informations about the most important personalities mentioned in the qaṣīda. The facsimiles of the original manuscript have been also attached to the paper.