Şükrullah was a 15th-century Ottoman historian and diplomat.[2][1] He was one of the earliest Ottoman historians.

Diedafter 1464[1]
EraOttoman Empire
Main interest(s)Ottoman history
Notable work(s)Behcetü't-Tevârîh
("Joy of Histories")


Şükrullah was born in 1388 and his father's name was Şehâbeddin Ahmed. He entered the Ottoman service in 1409.[1] He served as judge in Bursa. In 1449, Şükrullah was sent by Murad II to the Qoyunlu Confederacy as an ambassador.[3] It was here, during the reign of Jahan Shah, that he encountered a history of the Oghuz Turks.[3]


His works include both historical and religious writings. He wrote a famous universal history in the 1460s Persian language named Behcetü't-Tevârîh or Bahjut al-tâwarikh (Joy of Histories) and presented it to Mahmud Pasha Angelovic.[2] His work was used by later Ottoman historians.


  1. ^ a b c Nur, Sara (2010). ŞÜKRULLAH - An article published in Turkish Encyclopedia of Islam (in Turkish). Vol. 39. Istanbul: TDV İslâm Ansiklopedisi. pp. 257–258. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
  2. ^ a b The Oxford History of Historical Writing Volume 3: 1400–1800, José Rabasa,D. Daniel R. Woolf, p. 196, 2011 by Oxford University Press
  3. ^ a b Muslu 2016, p. 62-63.


  • Muslu, Cihan Yüksel (2016). The Ottomans and the Mamluks: Imperial Diplomacy and Warfare in the Islamic World. I.B. Tauris.