The jokes of Nasreddin Hodja are told across the world, from Russia to Morocco. In these different countries, his name takes various forms, such as Mulla Nasreddin or Juha, but the stories convey the same witty lessons. His fame caused people from various countries to claim ownership on this legendary character. Sources indicate that Nasreddin Hodja lived in 13th century Anatolia, in the same era and region as the great Sufi master Jalaladdin Rumi. This book presents a realistic portrait of this historical figure whose name is synonymous with wit and wisdom, using examples and commentary on his jokes.
Mustafa Ozcelik was named Poet of the Year in Turkey by Suffe Publishers in 1984 and again by Genclik Dergisi [Journal of Youth] in 1997. He was also recognized as Novelist of the Year in juvenile fiction by the Turkish Association of Children’s Literature and Children’s Artists in 2004.