Anatolia’s Eternal Destiny was Sealed: Seljuks of Rum in the Turkish National(IST) Imagination from the Late Ottoman Empire to the Republican Era



Anatolia between the Turkish invasions in the 11th century and the Ottoman era was almost a term incognita for the historians at the begin- ning of the 20th century. The imposing presence of the Ottomans through six centuries all but obliterated Anatolia’s earlier history and rendered it irrelevant and unattractive in the eyes of scholars. This did not stem from the deliberate Ottoman neglect of the Seljuks of Rum, the Turkish polity preceding the Ottomans, as might be expected. The Ottomans themselves did not omit the Seljuks of Rum. On the contrary, the Ottoman tradition (as conveyed extensively in Negri,1 Ibn-i Kemal,2 A§ikpa§azade,3 and in other Ottoman chronicles4) based the legitimacy of the Ottoman dynastic leadership on the claim that it succeeded the sultans in Konya (and the earlier Turkish dynasties).


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  1. 1.Istanbul Technical UniversityUK

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