Library of Mehmed-pasha Kukavica in Travnik

  • Osman Lavić, mr.
Keywords: Travnik, Ottoman libraries, endowment charter, Mehmed-pasha Kukavica

Abstract

Mehmed-pasha Kukavica is one of the most prominent donors in Bosnia.
He lived in the first half of the eighteenth century and during the short time as a vizier in Bosnia, he built around 80 religious-educational, and other buil-dings in eight cities of Bosnia. Until now, only one of his endowment charters was known, by which he organized the work of some of his endowments.
This paper presents translated endowment charter which was not known until now, by which Mehmed-pasha Kukavica donated a library of 75 manuscript codices, as well some materials for equipping of the newly built madrasa, including 2000 akchas to be handed out for legal lease, and to meet the needs of maintaining his donations from the proceeds. A characteristic feature of the donated library is that it contained a number of medical works, including a commentary on the famous al-Qānūn. Thirty-five codices from this library have been preserved and are now in the manuscript collection of the Gazi Husrev-bey’s Library.

Published
2019-12-31
Section
Articles