Jürgen Paul

in The Seljuqs

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639946
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653294 | DOI:

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Succession struggles have often marked the dynasties. In principle, all male members of the ruling family had an equal right to rule. On many ocassions, the empire has been divided into appenages or territories where individual members of the dynasty ruled. In Seljuq dynasties, succession struggles were also prevalent. This struggle was particularly prevalent in Khurasan, the first basis of Seljuq power. This chapter discusses succession struggle. The thesis of this chapter is that pretenders for the throne were mobilising sets of resources, above all military manpower, to win their interest to the throne. In this chapter the focus is on Arslān Arghūn, the brother of the demised Sultan Malikshāh. Alp Arslān who was one of the claimants to the emptied throne. It takes another look at the succession struggle from the vantage point of Arslān Arghūn, who lost his bid to power to Barkyāruq. First, the chapter recounts his story in detail and then shows the resources he used in his undertaking. Finally, it discusses whether his attempt at gaining at least regional power in Khurasan was due to his nomadic influence and whether he lost by mere chance of whether his attempt was bound to fail.

Keywords: succession struggles; appendages; Khurasan; Arslān Arghūn; Barkyāruq; Sultan Malikshāh

Chapter.  9060 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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