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Introduction

C. Edmund Bosworth

in The Seljuqs

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639946
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653294 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639946.003.0016
Introduction

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The Seljuqs who ruled over the lands of Persia and the many regions of the Islamic world in the fifth to seventh/eleventh to thirteenth centuries have been the object of continued interest by the historians of Islam. However, despite the many important developments and innovations attributed to the Seljuq period, the Seljuqs remained to be one of the understudies Muslim dynasties. This volume aims to contribute to the growing interest in the Seljuq dynasty. Almost all of the chapters in this volume are based on papers given at the symposium organised by the editors entitled ‘The Seljuqs: Islam Revitalised?’. Part One of this volume focuses on the Central Asian origins of the Seljuqs. It discusses their transformation from one of the leading families in a tribal confederation of nomads into a Muslim dynasty. It also discusses their concepts of legitimisation. The second part of this volume discusses the aspects of social and economic history of the Seljuqs. It focuses on the various relationships between the Seljuq rulers, their slave soldiers (mamluks) and nomadic Turkmen followers, the merchant and trading classes, the urban ،ulama،, and the urban populace as a whole. The third part of the volume discusses the developments in the religious thought, literature, jurisprudence and architecture of the Seljuqs.

Keywords: Seljuqs; Persia; Islam; Muslim dynasties; Central Asian origins; nomads; concepts of legitimisation; mamluks; nomadic Turkmen

Chapter.  4337 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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