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Importance of the Tulip in Turkish Culture and as Art from Central Asia to Anatolia

Erkan Atak

Pages 151 - 168


The article deals with one particular flower, which would become a symbol of Turkish culture and also an important source of economic revenue. Its preponderance in architecture and in the arts, goes beyond the physical beauty of the tulip. But which other factors contributed to its proliferation? This article posits that there is a close similarity in Arabic script between the words for “God” (Allah) and for “Tulip” (lale), thus kindling a spiritual dimension to this flower. Furthermore, its thin, elongated shape enabled it to be used in the corners of doors and windows, often in public and religious places. Its cultural versatiltiy created a strong domestic demand in the Ottoman empire, which would in due course generate great commercial interest from beyond Turkey’s boundaries.


本文分析一種特殊的花,即鬱金香,到底成為土耳其文化歷代的象徵,也意涵 著經濟上的重要收入來源。 鬱金香在建築和藝術方面的優勢超越了此一花的 物理美。 難道是否有其他因素導致了它的擴散?本文假設阿拉伯文字之『上 帝』(Allah) 及『鬱金香』(lale) 兩詞之間存在密切的相似性,從而點燃一種精 神維度。 此外,這朵花細長的形狀使其能夠用於門窗的角落,通常用於公共 或宗教場所。 其文化多樣性在奧斯曼帝國創造了強大的國內需求,也使當代 土耳其境之外市場巨大的商業利益


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