My Name is Red

My Name is Red

Nesrut, Hoja of Erzurum Character Analysis

The Hoja of Erzurum is a fanatical preacher who denounces everything from coffee to musical instruments to tolerance of Christians, and he blames all of the Ottoman Empire’s problems on these (often minor) sins. His followers are known as “Erzurumis.” The storyteller, miniaturists, and other patrons of the coffeehouse mock the hoja, calling him “cross-eyed” and accusing him of preferring young boys to his wife. Toward the end of the novel, the Erzurumis raid the coffeehouse, destroy its contents, and kill the storyteller.

Nesrut, Hoja of Erzurum Quotes in My Name is Red

The My Name is Red quotes below are all either spoken by Nesrut, Hoja of Erzurum or refer to Nesrut, Hoja of Erzurum. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of My Name is Red published in 2002.
Chapter 3 Quotes

I heard tell that this Husret Hoja, taking matters even further, declared with spittle flying from his mouth, "Ah, my devoted believers! The drinking of coffee is an absolute sin! Our Glorious Prophet did not partake of coffee because he knew it dulled the intellect, caused ulcers, hernia and sterility; he understood that coffee was nothing but the Devil's ruse. Coffeehouses are places where pleasure-seekers and wealthy gadabouts sit knee-to-knee, involving themselves in all sorts of vulgar behavior; in fact, even before the dervish houses are closed, coffeehouses ought to be banned. Do the poor have enough money to drink coffee? Men frequent these places, become besotted with coffee and lose control of their mental faculties to the point that they actually listen to and believe what dogs and mongrels have to say.

Related Characters: The Dog (speaker), Nesrut, Hoja of Erzurum
Related Symbols: Coffee
Page Number: 12
Explanation and Analysis:

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Nesrut, Hoja of Erzurum Character Timeline in My Name is Red

The timeline below shows where the character Nesrut, Hoja of Erzurum appears in My Name is Red. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1: I Am a Corpse
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...part of a broader “conspiracy” against Islam and its traditions, which was foretold by the Hoja of Erzurum . Elegant admits that when he was a young apprentice, he was dismissive of “truths... (full context)
Chapter 2: I Am Called Black
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...are producing counterfeit coins and bringing them over on ships. In amongst this chaos, a hoja called Nesrut from Erzurum has achieved a significant following by blaming the problems of the Ottoman Empire on deviance... (full context)
Chapter 3: I Am a Dog
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...dog notes that he doesn’t like raw meat, and that he hopes whoever kills the Hoja of Erzurum cooks him first “so I won’t upset my stomach with that scoundrel’s raw flesh.” (full context)
Chapter 10: I Am a Tree
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...to the storyteller. Last night the storyteller told the audience about the dog and the Hoja of Erzurum , and the tree mockingly suggests that the audience misunderstood the storyteller’s words. He promises... (full context)
Chapter 12: I Am Called “Butterfly”
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...that Elegant has been killed by the Erzurumis, and Butterfly—who is somewhat sympathetic to the Hoja of Erzurum —believes Black is asking if it was Butterfly himself who killed Elegant. Black looks around... (full context)
Chapter 41: It is I, Master Osman
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...miniaturists jealous. Black mentions that there are rumors that Butterfly is a follower of the Hoja of Erzurum . Osman comments that the tradition of miniaturist painting is doomed to be forgotten in... (full context)
Chapter 47: I, Satan
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...not actually object to, such as “passing wind and jacking off.” He notes that the Hoja of Erzurum has been denouncing figurative painting and blaming it on Satan. However, Satan points out that... (full context)
Chapter 54: I Am a Woman
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...he doesn’t care if the Erzurumis hear him singing. He has heard rumors that the Hoja of Erzurum prefers young boys to his own wife. He then tells a story about a Chelebi... (full context)
Chapter 58: I Will Be Called a Murderer
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...begged the murderer to assure him that they would not go to hell as the Hoja of Erzurum claimed. Then the murderer says that when he offered Elegant money, this proved how “wretched”... (full context)