Muçi Zade

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Muçi Zade (from Persian-Ottoman meaning son of Muçi) the author of the earliest known Albanian poem written in Arabic script and belonging to the era of Bejtes. Nothing is known about him beside his poem Imzot, mos më lerë pa kahve ("My Lord, don't leave me without coffee"), and that he was at an old age at the time he composed it.[1]

The poem is taken from a manuscript discovered in Korça, southeastern Albania, and is dated 1724,[2] or 1725.[1] In this octosyllabic poem, with an AAAB rhyme in the Albanian original, the author laments not having any coffee with which to break his fast at sunset in the Holy Month of Ramadan.[1] The poem is the earliest Albanian text written in Arabic alphabet that has survived.[3] It is also the oldest Tosk verse written in Albania.[3]

The earliest study of Muçi Zade and his poem was done by Osman Myderrizi in 1955, published in Buletini i Shkencave Shoqerore, titled Letersia Shqipe ne Alfabetin Arab ("Albanian Literature in Arabic Alphabet").[3]


  1. ^ a b c Robert Elsie (Centre for Albanian Studies) (2005), Albanian Literature: A Short History, London: I.B.Tauris, p. 38, ISBN 9781845110314 
  2. ^ Arshi Pipa (1978), Albanian literature: social perspectives, Albanische Forschungen 19, München: R. Trofenik, p. 104, ISBN 9783878281061, OCLC 5281689 
  3. ^ a b c H. T. Norris (1993), Islam in the Balkans: Religion and Society Between Europe and the Arab World, University of South Carolina Press, p. 67, ISBN 9780872499775, OCLC 28067651 

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