Early Seljuq History

A New Interpretation

By A.C.S. Peacock

© 2010 – Routledge

208 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book investigates the early history of the Seljuq Turks, founders of one of the most important empires of the mediaeval Islamic world, from their origins in the Eurasian steppe to their conquest of Iran, Iraq and Anatolia. The first work available in a western language on this important episode in Turkish and Islamic history, this book offers a new understanding of the emergence of this major nomadic empire

Focusing on perhaps the most important and least understood phase, the transformation of the Seljuqs from tribesmen in Central Asia to rulers of a great Muslim Empire, the author examines previously neglected sources to demonstrate the central role of tribalism in the evolution of their state. The book also seeks to understand the impact of the invasions on the settled peoples of the Middle East and the beginnings of Turkish settlement in the region, which was to transform it demographically forever. Arguing that the nomadic, steppe origins of the Seljuqs were of much greater importance in determining the early development of the empire than is usually believed, this book sheds new light on the arrival of the Turks in the Islamic world.

A significant contribution to our understanding of the history of the Middle East, this book will be of interest to scholars of Byzantium as well as Islamic history, as well as Islamic studies and anthropology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Early Seljuqs in Mediaeval and Modern Historiography 1. The Origins and Early History of the Seljuqs: Western Eurasia and Transoxiana, c. 900-1025 2. The Tribes and the Seljuq Dynasty 3. Warfare, Conquest and Migration: The Seljuqs in Central Asia, Iran and Iraq to 1055 4. The Seljuqs and Islam 5. The Nature and Impact of the Turkish Invasions: Anatolia and the Middle East, 1029-71. Conclusion

About the Author

Andrew Peacock is currently Assistant Director of the British Institute at Ankara, Turkey. Previous publications include Mediaeval Islamic Historiography and Political Legitimacy (2007) and, as editor, The Frontiers of the Ottoman World (2009).

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:
HIS026000
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HIS037010
HISTORY / Medieval
SOC053000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies