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, Abu ’l-Muẓaffar ʿImād al-Dīn b. Ḳasīm al-Dawla Aḳsunḳur b. Il-Turg̲h̲ān, Turkmen commander, governor of ʿIrāḳ, later ruler of al-Mawṣil and Aleppo (521-41/1127-46) and founder of the Zangid dynasty, d. 541/1146.

Early youth. Born in Aleppo in 480/1087-8, he was the last surviving son of the Sald̲j̲ūḳ commander Aḳsunḳur [q.v.], who became governor of Aleppo 480-7/1087-94. After his father’s death in 487/1094, Zangī was raised at the court of the governors of al-Mawṣil [q.v.] and distinguished himself in the internal warfare of rival Sald̲j̲ūḳ princes and the wars ag…

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Heidemann, S., “Zangī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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