Merkezefendi Traditional Medicine Days Begins
The 4th Merkezefendi Traditional Medicine Days, organized by Denizli Metropolitan Municipality in cooperation with Zeytinburnu Municipality will begin this year on May 15.
The 4th Merkezefendi Traditional Medicine Days, organized by Denizli Metropolitan Municipality in cooperation with Zeytinburnu Municipality will begin on May 15. The program of the event held for the 4th time this year aims to introduce many aspects of Merkezefendi, one of Denizli's values. At the event which will be held at Çatalçeşme Theatre Hall and its gardens Parks and Gardens Department of Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Environmental Protection and Control Department will distribute basil to everyone who attend the festival. Additionally, Denizli Metropolitan Municipality Health Affairs Department will offer free public health screening. An exhibition of endemic plants and conferences will take place during the event.
12 scientists, faculty members in various universities in Turkey participating in the Merkezefendi Traditional Medicine Days will will share information about healing plants.
Who is Merkezefendi?
Merkezefendi, whose real name is Müslihittin Ebu Taki Musa bin Mustafa bin Kılıç (b. 1460-63?, Sarımahmutlu, Buldan, Denizli - d. 1552, Istanbul), Turkish Sufi, physician and one of Halveti Sect Sünbüle sheikhs.
His family is estimated to be connected to Selçuklu Germiyanoğullarının. He completet his primary school in Denizli near his father Hafız Mustafa Efendi. In 1478 he went to Bursa or Istanbul where he continued his studies at Veliyüddin Medresesi. There he took lessons including medicine from Ahmet Pasha a leading scholar of Islamic sciences of the period. He goes to Karaman but his attempts failed to reach and returnes in Istanbul in 1493. By completing the education of Sufism he is assigned as the sheikh to Aksaray Kovacı Dede Dergahı. After a while, he was sent as the sheikh in Denizli. Then he went to Manisa as sheikh to the charitable establishment built by Suleiman I (the Magnificent) for his mother Ayşe Hafsa Sultan in Manisa. Here he became famous for his activities and for his medicine. After the Sünbül Sinan Efendi's death he returnes to Istanbul where he took his place.
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