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ʿOt̲h̲mān I
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, eponymous founder of the Ottoman dynasty. It is impossible to establish the dates of his birth or of his accession to sovereignty. He was active during the first quarter of the 8th/14th century, and Ottoman tradition asserts that he died shortly after his son Ork̲h̲an’s [q.v.] conquest of Bursa (on 6 April 1326. For this date, see P. Schreiner, Die Byzantinischen Kleinchroniken , ii, Vienna 1977, 231). However, this story which makes a son assume leadership already during his father’s lifetime, may have originated in the early 9th/15th century simply as …

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Imber, C.H., “ʿOt̲h̲mān I”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6038>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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