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Author: Hanim, Leyla

Spouse/other names:Leyla Hanim Saz
Year of birth:1850
Year of death:1936
About her personal situation:Born in Istanbul. Daughter of Marshal Müþiri Hekim Ismail Paþa, who was a descendant of the Greeks in Chios and who served as Head Physician at the Palace and was the Governor of Crete. She married to Giritli Sirri Pasa, a man of the old literary establishment. Took the surname (Saz) after the proclamation of the Republic (1928). Settled in Istanbul after the death of her husband in 1895 and kept close relations with the Ottoman Palace.

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About her professional situation:- Poetess, pianist with interest in the saz (violin). - She learned Arabic, Persian, Greek and French. She had sufficient education to be able to compose and write lyrics. She wrote poems using the meters of Divan* literature. The main theme of her poems was the yearning and aspiration of love. - Traveller: she traveled a lot in Anatolia and Thrace and wrote about her observations there. She also wrote memoirs on the life in the harem and the palace. She was well versed in Turkish music and she composed over 200 songs.
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Websites: Wikipedia on her (in Turkish)

Editors: Gonul Hettema Fidan (update on 12 December 2009)
Suzan van Dijk (update on 30 May 2011)

Works written by this author

E 1 Anýlar : 19. Yüzyýlda Saray Haremi (1920)
E 2 Haremin Icyuzu (The Real Face of Harem) (1874)
E 3 Solmus Cicekler (Faded Flowers) (1928)

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