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Nasreddin also known as Nasreddin Hoca is a satirical Sufi figure who is believed to have lived during the Middle Ages (around 13th century), in Akşehir, and later in Konya, under the Seljuq rule. Nasreddin was a populist philosopher and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes.[1]



Many nations of the Near, Middle East and Central Asia claim the Nasreddin as their own (i.e. Turks,[1][2][3][4] Afghans,[2] Iranians,[1][5] and Uzbeks),[6] and his name is spelled differently in various cultures—and often preceded or followed by titles "Hodja", "Mullah", or "Effendi".

1996–1997 was declared International Nasreddin Year by UNESCO.[7]

Origin and legacy

Nasreddin lived in Anatolia, Turkey; he was born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskişehir in the 13th century, then settled in Akşehir, and later in Konya, where he died (probably born in 1209 CE and died 1275/6 or 1285/6 CE).[3][6]

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