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The Turkic Peoples in Medieval Arabic Writings

1st Edition

By Yehoshua Frenkel


154 pages

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pub: 2014-12-12
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Translating a collection of the most important descriptions of the Turks found in medieval Arabic texts into English, this book aims at delineating the coming of the Turkic people in the eleventh century, their military successes in Iran and Iraq, and the emergence of the sultanate.

The book introduces the reader to the history of the Islamic Caliphate and the Turkic people. This introduction is followed by annotated translated sources which illuminate; the view of the Eurasian steppes in Muslim-Arabic geographical writing from the pre-Saljūq period, the self-image and ideology of the victorious Saljūqs and their fundamental claim to legitimacy, and the conventional narrative of the coming of the Saljūqs in later Arabic historiography.

Illustrating the variety of sources available on the history of Turkic tribes in the Eurasian steppes and in central Islamic lands, ranging from geographical writing, to chronicles, to mythological legends, this book will be an essential resource for students and scholars with an interest in Turks and image, History, and Middle East Studies.

Table of Contents

Prologue Introduction 1 Ibn Khurrdadhbih 2 Ibn al-Faqih 3 Abu Dulaf 4 Ibn al-Dawadari 5 el-Ayni 6 Ibn Hassul 7 al-Makin Jirjis Ibn al-Amid 8 Ibn al-Dawadari

About the Author

Yehoshua Frenkel is a Senior Lecturer in Middle Eastern History, University of Haifa and is currently engaged in a research project entitled The Environmental History of Mamluk Bilad al-Sham.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the History of Iran and Turkey

This series publishes important studies dealing with the history of Iran and Turkey in the period 1000-1700 AD. This period is significant because it heralds the advent of large numbers of nomadic Turks from Central Asia into the Islamic world. Their influence was felt particularly strongly in Iran and Turkey, territories which they permanently transformed.
The series presents translations of medieval Arabic and Persian texts which chronicle the history of the medieval Turks and Persians, and also publishes scholarly monographs which handle themes of medieval Turkish and Iranian history such as historiography, nomadisation and folk Islam.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Medieval
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies