Mullah Nasruddin (Nasreddin Hoca) Bibliography

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Nasruddin Bibliography

The following Bibliography is based on the revised text in The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin, by Ron J. Suresha. New sources will be added and dated as they become available to the author.
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  • Al-Amily, Hussain Mohammed, compiler & editor. 2004. The Book of Arabic Wisdom: Proverbs & anecdotes. Northampton, Mass.: Interlink Books. 28 stories.
  • Ashliman, D. L. 2001. Nasreddin Hodja: Tales of the Turkish trickster. University of Pittsburgh <> 23 stories, accessed 8/1/01.
  • Barnham, Henry D., translator. 1923. Tales of Nasr-ed-din Khoja. London: Nisbet & Co. Foreword, Sir Valentine Chirol. 181 stories.
Nasruddin doll from the Tokcapi Palace Museum inspects P.N. Boratov's collection of his stories.
Nasruddin doll from the Tokcapi Palace Museum inspects P.N. Boratov’s collection of his stories.


  • Boratav, Pertev Nailî. 1995, 2006. Nasreddin Hoca. Istanbul: Kırmızı Yayınları. 594 stories in Turkish.
  • Burrill, Kathleen Ruth Frances. 1957. The Nasreddin Hoja stories. New York: Columbia University Library, Special Collections, Masters thesis. 76 stories in Arabic, Turkish, and English.
  • Bushnaq, Inea, translator & editor. 1986. Arab Folktales. New York: Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library. “Famous Fools and Rascals: Stories of Djuha and his kind,” pp. 254–280. 23 stories.
  • Chukru, Kemaleddin. [1931?] Vie de Nasreddine Hodja. Istanbul: Librarie Kaanat. Illustrated, Ömer Nuri, &c. 38 stories in French.
  • Crane, Thomas Frederick. 1885, reprint 2010. Italian Popular Tales. Cambridge, Mass.: Riverside Press. 9 Giufà stories, pp. 288–303.
  • Husain, Shahrukh. 2006. The Wisdom of Mulla Nasruddin. New Delhi: Scholastic. Illustrated, Shilpa Ranade.
  • Husseini, Khaled. 2003. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead Books. A novel, 3 stories.
  • Jayyusi, Salma Khadra, editor. 2007. Tales of Juha: Classic Arab folk humor. Northampton, Mass.: Interlink Books. Translated, Matthew Sorenson, Faisal Khadra & Christopher Tingley.
  • Kabacali, Alpay. 1992. Nasreddin Hodja. Istanbul: Net Turiskik Yayinlar. Illustrated, Fatîh M. Durmus. 116 stories.
  • Kelsey, Alice Geer. 1943. Once the Hodja. New York: David McKay Co. Illustrated, Frank Dobias. 23 stories.
  • ———. 1958. Once the Mullah: Persian Folk Tales. New York, Toronto, & London: Longmans, Green & Co. Illustrated, Kurt Werth. 27 stories.
  • Kúnos, Ignácz. 1896, reprint 2010. Turkish Fairy Tales and Folktales. LaVergne, Tenn.: Kessinger Legacy Series. Translated, R. Nisbet Bain & Celia Levetus. Illustrated, Celia Levetus.
  • Leach, Maria. 1961. Noodles, Nitwits, and Numskulls. Cleveland: World Publishing. Illustrated, Kurt Werth. 4 stories.
  • Legman, Gershon. 1968. Rationale of the Dirty Joke: An Analysis of Sexual Humor. First Series. New York: Grove Press.
  • ———. 1975. No Laughing Matter. Rationale of the Dirty Joke: An Analysis of Sexual Humor. Second Series. New York: Bell Press.
  • Levett, Yoram, collector & editor. 1982. Hakmut Nasaruddin. Jerusalem: Beit Hotzaah Elishair. Illustrated, A. Nikolaiv. 38 stories in Hebrew.
  • MacDonald, Margaret Read. 1982. The Storyteller’s Sourcebook: a subject, title, and motif index to folklore collections for children. 1st edition. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Group.
  • MacDonald, Margaret Read, & Brian W. Sturm. 2001. The Storyteller’s Sourcebook: a subject, title, and motif index to folklore collections for children, 1983-1999. Detroit, Mich.: Gale Group.
  • Mahfuzdur, Her Hakki (?). [n.d.] 202 Jokes of Nasreddin Hodja. Tepebaşı, Istanbul: Galeri Minyatür. Minyatür Yayinlari No. 1b. Illustrated, uncredited. 202 stories.


Ulrich Marzolph's scholarly collection of 666 Nasreddin Hoca stories.
Ulrich Marzolph’s scholarly collection of 666 Nasreddin Hoca stories.


  • Marzolph, Ulrich, collector & editor. 2006. Nasreddin Hodsca: 666 wahre Geschichten. Munchen: C.H. Beck. 666 stories in German.
  • Meade, Erica Helm. 2001. The Moon in the Well: Wisdom tales to transform your life, family and community. Chicago: Open Court. 3 stories.
  • Nesin, Aziz. 1994, revised edition. The Tales of Nasrettin Hoca. Istanbul: Dost Yayinlari. Translated, Talât Sait Halman. Illustrated, Zeki Fındıkoğlu. 91 stories.
  • Parabola: Myth, tradition, and the search for meaning. Fall 2001 (26: 3). Issue theme: The Fool. Denville, N.J.: The Society for the Study of Myth and Tradition.
  • Pearmain, Elisa Davy. 1998. Doorways to the Soul. Cleveland, Ohio: Pilgrim Press. 4 stories.
  • Sachs, Susan. “The Funny, but Fictional, Mullah.” The New York Times, August 20, 2000.
  • Sawhney, Clifford. 2009. The Funniest Tales of Mullah Nasruddin: The wittiest stories of the world’s best-loved jester. New Delhi: Unicorn Press. Illustrated, uncredited. 141 stories.
  • Schiff, Jeremy. 2001. Hodja Stories. Ramat Gan, Israel < ~schiff/Hodja/> 28 stories, accessed 8/1/01.
  • Serwer-Bernstein, Blanche L. 1994. In the Tradition of Moses and Mohammed: Jewish and Arab folktales. Northvale, N.J.: Jason Aronson. 6 Djuha stories.
  • Shah, Idries. 1966. The Exploits of the Incomparable Mulla Nasrudin. New York: Arkana/Penguin. Illustrated, Richard Williams. 100 stories.
  • ———. 1968, 1993. The Pleasantries of the Incredible Mulla Nasrudin. New York: Arkana / Penguin. Illustrated, Richard Williams & Errol Le Cain. 165 stories.
  • ———. 1973. The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin. New York: Arkana/Penguin. 99 stories.
  • ———. 1983. Exploits & Subtleties: two volumes in one, printed back-to-back. London: Octagon Press.
  • ———. 1990. Las Hazañas del Incomparable Mulá Nasrudín. Barcelona / Bueños Aires: Paidos Orientalia. Exploits, in Spanish.
  • ———. 2003. The World of Nasruddin. London: Octagon Press. 438 stories.
  • Solovyov, Leonid. 2009. Disturber of the Peace: The tale of Hodja Nasreddin. Thornhill, Ontario, Canada: Translit Publishing. Translated, Michael Karpelson. A novel featuring Nasruddin as protagonist, including 7 stories.
  • Stevens, E. S., translator & editor. 1913, 2006. Folktales of Iraq. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications.


  • Wesselski, Albert. 1911, reprint 2011. Der Hodscha Nasreddin. Charleston, S.C.: Bibliolife. 338 stories in German.
  • Walker, Barbara. 1991. Watermelons, Walnuts, and the Wisdom of Allah: And other tales of the Hoca. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press. Illustrated, Harold Berson. 19 stories.
  • Yörenç, Kemal. 1997. The Best Anecdotes of Nasreddin Hoca. Istanbul: Aksit Kültür Turizm Sanat Ajans Ticaret. Illustrated, Kemal Yörenç. 121 stories.

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