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Born into a poor Jewish family, he revealed an astonishing aptitude for languages and, at 20, moved to Constantinople. There he made his living by teaching languages and reciting Turkish and Persian poetry in coffee houses.

In he published the first German-Turkish dictionary; he claims to have learnt 20 Ottoman languages and dialects. Taking the name Resht Effendi, he disguised himself as a Muslim dervish and set out for Central Asia, travelling with a band of other dervishes. He arrived in Khiva, via Shiraz, in where he managed to keep up appearances during an interview with the Khan.

He continued on to Bukhara and Samarkand and then returned to Constantinople via Herat. To maintain his disguise he could not openly record his experiences, and scribbled in lead pencil on various scraps of paper which he secreted in the wadding of his beggar's dress for months on end.

He returned to Europe in and published the account of his journey Travels in Central Asia , which catapulted him to international fame.

He visited London, where, given the high interest in Central Asia, he was feted as a celebrity. His writing provides one of the last glimpses of the Central Asian khanates as they stood on the eve of their Russification. The character of Professor Van Helsing in Stoker's novel, Dracula , is sometimes said to be based on him, though there is no solid evidence. Labels: History. Newer Post Older Post Home.

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Possessed of an extraordinary capacity for languages and a phenomenal memory, he mastered numerous European languages and then turned to Arabic, Turkish, and Persian, achieving magisterial fluency and control in these. In his early twenties, fired by the dream of exploring the putative homeland of the Magyars in Asia, he moved to Constantinople where he lived as a tutor of European languages and executed translations from Turkish history. He became a Muslim and entered the service of the Turkish government as secretary to Mehmet Fuad Pasha, five times foreign minister of Turkey. While in Constantinople he earned the esteem of Sultan Abdul-Hamid ii. During his six years in Constantinople, he published a Turkish-German dictionary and other linguistic works, acquired a variety of Oriental languages and dialects, and traveled extensively. Said to have been the first European to make such a journey, the account of his exploits, Travels and Adventures in Central Asia , aroused great interest throughout Europe.

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Born into a poor Jewish family, he revealed an astonishing aptitude for languages and, at 20, moved to Constantinople. There he made his living by teaching languages and reciting Turkish and Persian poetry in coffee houses. In he published the first German-Turkish dictionary; he claims to have learnt 20 Ottoman languages and dialects. Taking the name Resht Effendi, he disguised himself as a Muslim dervish and set out for Central Asia, travelling with a band of other dervishes. He arrived in Khiva, via Shiraz, in where he managed to keep up appearances during an interview with the Khan. He continued on to Bukhara and Samarkand and then returned to Constantinople via Herat. To maintain his disguise he could not openly record his experiences, and scribbled in lead pencil on various scraps of paper which he secreted in the wadding of his beggar's dress for months on end.

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He was raised Jewish, but later became an atheist. He attended the local school until the age of 12 and showed a remarkable aptitude for learning languages. He was forced to walk with crutches because of a congenital disorder and eventually had to leave school due to difficult financial circumstances. He was also rapidly acquiring English , the Scandinavian languages , Russian , Serbian , and naturally other Slavic languages. In , he went to Pressburg today Bratislava , Hungarian: Pozsony , where he remained three years. He became a tutor in the house of Huseyin Daim Pasha , and, under the influence of his friend and instructor, Ahmet Efendi , became a full Osmanli , serving as secretary to Fuat Pasha. After spending about a year in Constantinople, he published a German-Turkish dictionary in

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