This collection contains 50 Nasreddin Hodja (d. 1284) stories.
The Hodja stories are very popular with students of Turkish language because they embody the wisdom of powerless people who face social and economic injustice on a daily basis. His stories challenge the social and political order. They have a timeless quality because they address so many aspects of people's personal and social lives. Hodja's wit makes everyone aware of the multiple realities found in social situations.
By becoming familiar with a few Hodja stories students of Turkish can learn both the language and something about the worldview of Turkish people. They can also learn about political, religious, and economics systems, and how people lived in Anatolia in the thirteenth century.