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Petrosyan I. Pre-Islamic Turkic Tradition in the Writings of the Early Ottoman Historiographers // Manuscripta Orientalia. Vol. 5, No 4, December 1999. P. 33-35.


A number of Ottoman chronicles compiled after the most impressive political success of the Turks, the capture of Constantinople in 1453, are obviously eulogies which glorify not only Ottoman Sultans but, in no less degree, Islam too. This is particularly true with the writings of Açik-paça-zade and Mehmed Nesrî. In effect, Islam played an exclusive role in the formation of the Ottoman state. Islam, a religion which the Turks had come to know and had adopted long before their appearance on the borders of Byzantium, was a key element in the process of Turkic conquest of Asia Minor and the process of state-formation. The scholars has never doubted that the Islamisation of the ruling elite in Anatolian beyliks was complete by the thirteenth — fourteenth century, although many facts indicate that at that time the Anatolian Turkic nobility still retained many pre-Islamic traditions, not to speak of the broad masses, where these traditions, nourished by the constant influx of Turkic tribes, lingered on for centuries…

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Açik-paça-zade
Manuscripta Orientalia, selected papers
Mehmed Nesrî
Ottoman Historiography

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