Tekfur
(638 words)

, Tekvur , a title used in late Rūm Sald̲j̲ūḳ and early Ottoman times. It is most probably of Armenian origin (< tag̲h̲avor “crown bearer”, MP tāg-āwāra (see Hubschmann, Armenische Grammatik . i. Armen . Etymologie , Leipzig 1897, s.v.; I. Mélikoff-Sayar, Le Destān d’Umūr Pacha , Paris 1954, 47 n. 6, and index, 144b) or, less likely, from the Greek name Nikephoros > Nikfor > Tekfur (see Zenker, Türk. arab.-pers. Handwörterbuch , Leipzig 1866, s.v.; E. Zachariadou, Hist . and legends of the early sultans 1300-1400 [in Gk.], Athens 1991, 215). It was employed by historians in Persi…

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Savvides, A., “Tekfur”, 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 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7483>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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