History of archery as a part of Turkish culture is very long. It's presence continued after being sold on Islam in the same way it was before it. During the history, archery was a method used in wars and today it is mostly the kind of entertainment and sport. There are many pieces written about archery basis and making of arrow as well as many hadiths which represent opinion of Prophet Muhammad about these topics. That is why archery has a very important place in Turkish tradition and culture. One of the works about archery is Minhâc-ı Rumât. It was written in year 1804 by Ottoman statesman Mehmed Emin Vahîd Pasha. In this piece, which is formed of seven chapters, there are many hadiths and Quranic verses. Vahîd Pasha imports that, while writing about commentary ( tefsir) , hadith, canon law (fıkıh), siyar (siyer) etc., he consulted with the experts of these religious areas. In this piece there are parts about arrow, ranges, virtues and methods of arrow shooting, some arrow experts, hadiths about archery, ritual and tendency rules in the archery arenas as well as renge competitions etc. While researching the works about the archery we see that their history started in period of a prophet Adem. Mehmet Emin Vahîd Pasha mentioned prophets, beginning with Prophet Adem until the time of Prophet Muhammad and also added some parables. In this paper I tried to explain archery terms and notions from book Minhâc-ı Rumât and also to give some general information about Traditional Turkish Archery. In this way, terms in Minhâc-ı Rumât, which carry a great value for Traditional Turkish Archery will be recognised and gained.
Turkish Archery, Archery terms, Mehmed Emin Vahîd Pasha, Minhâc-ı Rumât