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Author Anooshahr, Ali, 1975-

Title The Ghazi sultans and the frontiers of Islam : a comparative study of the late medieval and early modern periods / Ali Anooshahr
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (196 pages)
Series Routledge studies in Middle Eastern history ; 9
Routledge studies in Middle Eastern history ; 9
Contents Introduction -- How Babur became a ghazi -- Disclaiming Tamerlane's inheritance, and the rise of the Mughal Empire -- The origins of the ghazi king -- Inventing the image of the founder king -- The triad of kings -- Tatars and Ottomans -- The ghazas of Sultan Murad II -- Conclusion
Summary The Ghazi Sultans were frontier holy-warrior kings of late medieval and early modern Islamic history. This book is a comparative study of three particular Ghazis in the Muslim world at that time, demonstrating the extent to which these men were influenced by the actions and writings of their predecessors in shaping strategy and the way in which they saw themselves. Using a broad range of Persian, Arabic and Turkish texts, the author offers new findings in the history of memory and self-fashioning, demonstrating thereby the value of intertextual approaches to historical and literary studies. The three main themes explored include the formation of the ideal of the Ghazi king in the eleventh century, the imitation thereof in fifteenth and early sixteenth century Anatolia and India, and the process of transmission of the relevant texts. By focusing on the philosophical questions of 'becoming' and 'modelling', Anooshahr has sought alternatives to historiographic approaches that only find facts, ideology, and legitimization in these texts. -- Paublisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-192) and index
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Subject Babur, Emperor of Hindustan, 1483-1530
Murad II, Sultan of the Turks, 1404-1451
Babur, Emperor of Hindustan, 1483-1530.
Murad II, Sultan of the Turks, 1404-1451.
HISTORY -- General.
Kings and rulers.
Middle East -- History
Middle East -- Kings and rulers
Mogul Empire -- History
Turkey -- History -- 1288-1453
India -- Mogul Empire.
Middle East.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203886658 (electronic bk.)
9780203886656 (electronic bk.)
(hardback ; alk. paper)