“Hodja” is the official title bestowed upon Nasreddin; it is not his last name at all. In fact, “hodja” rather resembles the English word “scholar”. Islamic imam (prayer leaders) bear the title of “hodja” as well. By the way, the spelling is borrowed from the English language. In Turkish, the title is spelled “hoca”.
Similar to the German Till Eulenspiegel, Nasreddin Hodja is the hero of various humorous tales of the Islamic region. Assumedly, he lived during the 13th / 14th century in Akşehir. Until today, you can find his mausoleum there, and it’s definitely worth the visit.
Witty and wise: these traits best describe both his character and his stories. You will frequently find a profound meaning, a ‘moral’ of his tales. For example, Nasreddin would tell you not to listen to everything other people have to say but rather to form your own opinion. And sometimes, his naïvety leads to hilarious situations. Put simply: an adorable person.
Nasreddin’s most well-known stories:
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