2009: 400th anniversary of the birth of Katip Çelebi, scholar (1609-1657)
Katip Çelebi was a Turkish scholar. Among his chief works is the “Kashf al-zunun’an asami al-kutub wa al-funun” which documents some 15,000 books. The best known of his encyclopaedic contributions is the “Kashf al-zunnun“, a bibliographical dictionary in the Arab language, with over 14,500 entries in alphabetical order.
This work served as a basis for the “Bibliothèque Orientale” by Barthélemy d’Herbelot de Molainville. He was also the author of many works in the fields of geography, history and economics.