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Sebüktigin
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(Tkish. sevük tégin “beloved prince”), Abū Manṣūr, Turkish slave commander of the Sāmānids [q.v.] and founder of the G̲h̲aznawid dynasty [q.v.] in eastern Afg̲h̲ānistān.

What little is known of his early life stems mainly from his alleged Pand-nāma or testament of advice to his successor (preserved in a later Persian historian; see s̲h̲abānkāraʾī ) and from D̲j̲ūzd̲j̲ānī’s quotations from a lost part of the Mud̲j̲alladāt of Abu ’l-Faḍl Bayhaḳī [q.v.] which dealt with Sebüktigin’s governorship. He came from the Barsk̲h̲ān district of the Semirečye [see yeti su ], was enslaved and t…

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Bosworth, C.E., “Sebüktigin”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6697>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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