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, a Turkish principality founded in the south-west of Anatolia.

The Turkomans who founded this principality came to this region by sea and settled between the shore and Deñizli. However, it is quite difficult to pinpoint the foundation of the principality and the chronology of the early Begs. The Turkomans had captured the Caria (today Muğla) region after 1261, starting from the shores. Mentes̲h̲e, the founder of the principality, was perhaps the Beg of the shore regions ( Amīr al-Sawāḥil ) in the bay of Makrī (Fethiye). There are also difficulties in establishing the genealogy of Mentes̲h…

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Merçil, E., “Mentes̲h̲e-Og̲h̲ullari̊”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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