Keywords: Historical novel,Ottoman,Turk culture,Kemal Tahir,tribe


Devlet Ana is one of the historical novels of Kemal Tahir. The subject of the Novel is the early tribal period of the Ottoman Empire. The novel provides to the readers with the Ottoman human type, their living styles, the idea of justice, and traditions, and the development of a tribe to a state in a legendary style. Following the Ottoman style of life in Söğüt is given, Ertuğrul Gazi, Osman Bey and Orhan Bey are included as historical personalities. In Devlet Ana, the events happened approximately in a ten year-period following 1290 are told in one year. Comparing the Turkish culture and civilisation with those of the West, the novels that western feudalism and those who exploited religion had pushed the West into a dark age.