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Watermelons, Walnuts and the Wisdom of Allah, and Other Tales of the Hoca

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Every country has its folk hero—real or legendary, and in Turkey he goes by the name of Nasreddin Hoca, pronounced Nahz-red'-din Hoe'-djah. He lived several years ago and he served as a religious teacher, Moslem priest or judge as the occasion demanded. In spite of these exalted duties he was as human as any man. He could be wise and he could be foolish, and he was always ...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published January 15th 1991 by Texas Tech University Press (first published May 1st 1980)
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Yahya Han
This book has 19 different stories in Turkish settings about Nasreddin Hodja, and tales full of charm and humor and enhanced by illustrations. In a story, which is also the name of the book, when Hodja was thinking why Allah create a great tree for a small walnut instead of watermelons. So thinking, the Hodja dosed off, only to be awakened by a walnut that fell from the tree, striking him on his forehead. "Allah be praised!" he exclaimed, seeing what had happened. "If the world had been created ...more
Anna
Jul 28, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing
Lovely..Nice and wise Nasrettin Hoca tales..
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