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Mevlânâ Mehmed Neşri (born c. 1450 – died 1520), also commonly referred to as Neshri (Ottoman Turkish: نشري‎), was an Ottoman historian, a prominent representative of the early Ottoman historiography.[1]

Neşri Hüseyn ibn Eyne Beg
EraOttoman Empire
Main interest(s)Ottoman history
Notable work(s)"Cihan-Nümâ" (Cosmorama)

Very little is known about Neshri, which suggests that he was not a major literary figure during his lifetime.[1] Then contemporary sources refer to him with the modest title of muderris (teacher), which further suggested that he did not hold a high office.[1] He is known as the author of the universal history Cosmorama or Cihan-Nümâ. Only the sixth and final parts of this work are preserved today. He probably completed it at the end of the 1480s or beginning of the 1490s by assembling many different sources, both of known and unknown authors.

He witnessed the death of Mehmed II in 1481 and the Janissary riots that followed it. Some parts of his text were based on the work of Ashik Pasha-Zade, another representative of early Ottoman historiography.



  • Isom-Verhaaren, Christine; Schull, Kent F. (2016). Living in the Ottoman Realm: Empire and Identity, 13th to 20th Centuries. Indiana University Press. p. 66. ISBN 978-0253019486.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Kitab-i Cihan-Nümâ, sometimes referred to as Djihan-Nümâ, partially edited and translated in Journal of the German Oriental Society. 13. Volume 1859
  • NEŞRÎ - Osmanlı tarihçisi (in Turkish)
    Published in the 33th Volume of TDV İslâm Ansiklopedisi in 2007, pp.20—22, Istanbul.