Turkish Myth and Muslim Symbol
The Battle of Manzikert
By (author) Carole Hillenbrand
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Turkish Myth and Muslim Symbol by Carole Hillenbrand
Book DescriptionTurks ruled the Middle East for a millennium and eastern Europe for many centuries and it is an undoubted fact that they moulded the lands under their dominion. It is therefore something of a paradox that the history of Turkey and aspects of the identity and role of the Turks, both as Muslims and as an ethnic group, still remain little known in the west and undervalued in the Arabic and Persian-speaking worlds. This book contributes to historical scholarship on Turkey by focusing on its key foundational myth, the battle of Manzikert in 1071 -- the Turkish equivalent of the battle of Hastings. Manzikert destroyed the hold of Christian Byzantium on eastern Turkey and opened the whole country to the spread of Islam, a process completed with the fall of Constantinople and Trebizond some four centuries later. Translations and a close analysis of all the extant Muslim sources -- both Arabic and Persian -- which deal with the battle of Manzikert are provided in the book. It also looks at these writings as literary works and vehicles of religious ideology and analyses the ongoing confrontation between the Muslim Turks and Christian Europe and the importance of Manzikert in the formation of the modern state of Turkey since 1923.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748625734
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 22-Nov-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Carole Hillenbrand
Islam, Paperback (January 2015)
Offers an understanding of the history of Muslims and their faith, from the life of Muhammad to the religion practised by 1.6 billion people around the world today. In this book, each chapters explains a core aspect of the faith in historical perspective, allowing readers to gain a sensitive understanding of the essential tenets of the religion.
Turkish Myth and Muslim Symbol, Hardback (November 2007)
This book aims to make a contribution to historical scholarship on Turkey by focusing on its key foundational myth, the battle of Manzikert in 1071.
Crusades, Hardback (July 1999)» View all books by Carole Hillenbrand
This book discusses a group of themes designed to highlight how Muslims reacted to the alien presence of the Crusaders in the heart of traditional Muslim territory.
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Author Biography - Carole Hillenbrand
Carole Hillenbrand is Honorary Professorial Fellow, Professor Emerita at the University of Edinburgh. In 2005 she became the first non-Muslim scholar to be awarded the prestigious King Faisal International Prize for Islamic Studies, reflecting her 'revolutionary approach to the largely one-sided subject of the Crusades'. She is author of The Crusades (EUP, 1999), The Waning of the Umayyad Caliphate (Albany, 1989), A Muslim Principality in Crusader Times (Brill, 1990), and co-editor (with C. E. Bosworth) of Qajar Iran, (Edinburgh, 1984) and editor of The Sultan's Turret (Brill, 1999).
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