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The <i>History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church</i> as a Source for the History of the Seljuks of Anatolia<sup>⋆</sup>

Gary Leiser

in Living Islamic History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637386
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653218 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637386.003.0008
The History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church as a Source for the History of the Seljuks of Anatolia⋆

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In 1968, C. Cahen, a Western pioneer in the study of the Seljuks of Anatolia or Rum published the Pre-Ottoman Turkey. This was a provisional history of the subject, to which he appended an extensive bibliography. In 1988, Cahen published a revised and re-organised French edition, the La Turquie Pré-Ottomane, in which the bibliography too was revised and reorganised. In the bibliography of the French edition, Cahen included the Historie des Patriarches d’Alexandrie or The History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church in the Arabic and Persian resources. It is argued that this work is not included in the bibliography of other works and monographs on the Seljuks of Anatolia, nor does it appear in strictly bibliographical compilation. This chapter hence examines the extent to which the The History of the Patriarchs of the Egyptian Church can be treated as a source for the history of the Seljuks of Anatolia. It aims to determine why Cahen mentioned it a primary source, and also discusses whether the work sheds light on the history of Seljucks, or whether this has been simply overlooked.

Keywords: C. Cahen; Seljuks of Anatolia; Patriarchs; Seljucks; Anatolia

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Subjects: Society and Culture

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