By Carole Hillenbrand
Turks governed the center East for a millennium and japanese Europe for lots of centuries and it's an undoubted incontrovertible fact that they moulded the lands below their dominion. it really is accordingly anything of a paradox that the background of Turkey and elements of the id and position of the Turks, either as Muslims and as an ethnic crew, nonetheless stay little identified within the west and undervalued within the Arabic and Persian-speaking worlds. This groundbreaking booklet specializes in Turkey's key foundational fantasy, the conflict of Manzikert in 1071 -- the Turkish similar of the conflict of Hastings. Manzikert destroyed the carry of Christian Byzantium on japanese Turkey and opened the complete nation to the unfold of Islam. Translations and a detailed research of the entire extant Muslim assets -- either Arabic and Persian -- which take care of the conflict of Manzikert are supplied within the publication. It additionally appears at those writings as literary works and automobiles of non secular ideology and analyses the continuing disagreement among the Muslim Turks and Christian Europe and the significance of Manzikert within the formation of the trendy nation of Turkey when you consider that 1923. (12/1/08)
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Extra info for Turkish Myth and Muslim Symbol: The Battle of Manzikert
Their polities were Seljuq in microcosm; the tendency towards decentralisation inherent in the Turkish system of government continued. Moreover, like the Great Seljuqs, these Turcoman rulers also adopted the Perso-Islamic government model. The Seljuqs of Rum (the Arabic and Persian term for Byzantium), originally an offshoot of the Great Seljuqs of Iran, were the most important of these small principalities vying for power. The duration of this Seljuq dynasty (469/1077–706/1307) was far longer than its counterpart in Iran, which lasted for no more than 150 years or so.
The second collection of texts is that made by the well-known Turkish scholars Sümer and Sevim;68 they focus specifically on passages which deal with Manzikert. 72 A fourth passage – that of al-Turtushi73 – exists in a Spanish translation. The text of the Persian Mirkhwand74 exists in a German translation. All the Arabic and Persian excerpts chosen by Sümer and Sevim have been translated into Turkish. It is important to point out, however, that the translations from Arabic and Persian into Turkish provided in their book, whilst generally solid, are unsatisfactory on a number of occasions when at 20 Turkish Myth and Muslim Symbol best they read more like paraphrases than translations.
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