Tulip and Redpud

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Precious tulip puts tulips around its crown,

So the tulip, resembling the cumin climate, becomes a shah,(Baki)

Tulips were used for marbling the paper in the water during periods of Seljuk and Ottoman Empire in the historical process. They inspired ceramics in mosques. They became a figure on the stones in the hands of muralists. In other words, they became an inseparable part of the Turkish culture.

Tulips have been the symbol of elegance, delicacy and innocence both in the past and today. Associated with the word "la'l" for red in Persian language, this plant became famous with its name "lale" (tulip in Turkish).

Having used the tulip motif on their goods and accessories in their daily lives in Central Asia, the Turks brought the tulip as a part of their culture to Anatolia following the Battle of Manzikert in 1071. Tulip coming from the Middle East was adopted in Anatolia and Turkish people liked it very much.


Reaching Istanbul following the conquest, the tulip was also liked in Istanbul. After a while it became a symbol of Istanbul and was counted as the most precious plant of the city. Fatih the Conqueror used to write poems with the pen name "Avni" and he also used tulip theme in his poems.

Thanks to Busbecq, Austrian Ambassador in Istanbul who was fascinated by the beauty of tulip gardens during Suleiman the Magnificent’s Reign, the tulip started to move to Europe. Referring this flower to the cheesecloth turban Ottomans used to wear on their heads, the Europeans attributed the name "Tulipe" to this flower meaning "flower in the shape of turban".

The tulip was used in Turkish poetry for the first time by Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, since the word "la'l" was written without any dots, it was regarded as the symbol of pure love and identified with the Divine love.

Becoming an interest of people in the Palace and rich people in both Europe and Istanbul, the tulip was also liked and respected among Anatolian society because of its written characters similar to writing the name, Allah in Arabic 'الله'.

The tulip without thorns, in a shape of bud and with its glittering flowers was interpreted in different meanings by poets, artists, mysticism experts, man of letters, and monarchs into:

Ambergris, in love, imprint, dervish, necklace, sun, beautiful, dagger, lover, pitcher, ornament, star, bride and face.

In brief, the tulip went beyond its quality as a plant and element of decoration in our classical culture and literature into one of the most important indicators of the Turkish and Islamic culture.

 Thanks to these meanings and characteristics, we, as Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, have chosen the tulip figure identified with our culture and especially with Istanbul as the symbol of our university.

The line cutting in the middle of the tulip image represents the East and West cultures and functions as a bridge between Asia and Europe with the heritage taken from the past carried towards the future.

Therefore, the mission of Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University has been determined as follows;

"To educate well-equipped, virtuous and leader individuals who produce science, serve for the humanity, and shape the future.."

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