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Turkish Myth and Muslim Symbol: The Battle of Manzikert

Carole Hillenbrand


Although the Turks ruled the Middle East for a millennium, their history is still insufficiently known both in the West and in the Arabic and Persian-speaking lands. This book focuses on Turkey's key foundational myth, the Battle of Manzikert in 1071, in which the Byzantine army was defeated by the Seljuq Turks under Sultan Alp Arslan, and the Byzantine emperor, Romanus IV Diogenes, was taken prisoner and then honourably released by the sultan. This battle destroyed the hold of the Christian Byzantine empire on eastern Anatolia and began the Islamisation of what is now called Turkey. This book ... More

Keywords: Turks, Byzantium, Battle, Manzikert, Warfare, Historic memory, Foundational myth, Modern Turkey, Muslim historiography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748625727
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625727.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carole Hillenbrand, author