One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of any of the Turkish dynasties which ruled Asia Minor in the 11th to 13th centuries, successfully invading the Byzantine Empire and defending the Holy Land against the Crusaders.
- ‘Historians have traced its genealogy to the architecture found in Asia Minor under the rule of the Seljuks in the early centuries of the second millennium.’
- ‘Their victories against the Seljuks in Asia Minor brought them close to the Nicaean empire, and Vatazes was forced to return to Asia Minor.’
- ‘He also opposed the Khwarizmian Turks, who had succeeded the Seljuks in Asia Minor and who now were trying to make Nasir subject to them.’
- ‘The Seljuks - forebears of the Ottoman Turks - carved out the Sultanate of Rum as the Abbasid caliphate lost its grip over Asia Minor.’
- ‘First Seljuks and later Ottomans maintained pressure on Constantinople, hoping to take a symbol of unconquered strength and great strategic importance.’
From Turkish seljūq, the name of the reputed ancestor of the dynasty.
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