Birth :1198 CE Death :1280 CE at Sogut,Turkey, Seljuk Sultanate of Rum
Ertrugrul Ghazi was great warrior from Turkey who fought to establish his homeland in Turkey. He was from a family of Nomads and who were sheep herding and selling carpets. He laid down foundations to an empire which lasted about 600 years! He was a person who feared his Creator and followed Islam.
The polished Aziz of Damascus (in the Movie) might have underestimated him, but little did he know, his descendants would give rise to the Ottoman Empire or exactly Osmani Khalifate.
Ertrugrul Ghazi lead a revolution’ in people trying to find out about Turkish Muslim History. So how dis people arrive here. Actually most people in Muslim world did not know about Turkish history’s since much of it was not documented in English. This history might have been purposely kept way.
Original land of Turkish people
They originally came from Altai, Mountains in Mongolia. A beautiful natural scene with mountains and springs.
Who is Ertrugrul Ghazi?
He was 13 century Bey who died in 1281 CE in Anatolia. Despite many of his great achievements, he is better known as father of Osman I who founded the Osmani Caliphate or Ottoman Empire. Not much is known about him in conventional history.
Turkish Empires before Ertrugrul
There were several Muslim and Non Muslim Turkish Empires before Ertrugrul came along.
- The Hunnic empire
- The Gokturk Empire . Read in our earlier post.
- Khazar Khagnate
- Ughyur Khagnate
- Karakhaniad Khaganate– Read about them
- Seljuk Empire
- Khwarazmian dynasty
Lineage of Ertrugrul Ghazi
His lineage is from Oghuz Khan who was a descendant of Prophet Nuh(Peace be upon him)’son Yafith. Traditionally Ertrugrul father is believed to be Suleyman Shah.
TV Series-Dirlis Ertrugrul
The film series which shows complete life story of Ertrugrul Ghazi is Dirlis Ertrugrul. It is made by Mehmet Bozdag. In Netflix it is no go longer being shown. Total 5 season and 400+ episodes ,each episode being 2 hours approximately
Where to watch
Rating is 10/10 to watch. It is spectacular experience to watch it, where you learn a lot about Muslim history as well as family life
Ertrugrul family was seen as sheep herding family, or a shepherd. Question is how Ertrugrul goes to pave a way to establish an Empire which lasted 600 years. To do that research is necessary, he belonged to the Kayi tribe. The Kayi tribe originated from Oghuz Khan. Oghuz Khan had 6 sons and 24 grandchildren. One of the grandchildren was called Kayi. These are all traditional and oral records. He being a Turk had Huns as ancestors. The traditional legend on origins of Turks are from the Ashina Clan and a wolf origin. Though the TV series is not wholly based on history as it is a mix of history and fiction.
The Oghuz Turks–
The Oghuz Turks were nomads from Eurasian steppe and Kayi was one of the tribe
Recommended posts to read before Ertrugrul Ghazi-Indica Collection
- Gundogdu Bey
- Sungurtekin Bey
- Dundar Bey(younger)
His older siblings did not support him in going West and history (Oral or conventional) does not remember them.Dundar Bey loved his brother with respect and awe so accompanied him. With that he loved his family like his brother Ertrugrul. The thing he was weak and indecisive and that might because of getting injured badly as a youngster (according to TV).
Wife of Ertrugrul
Halime Hatun was wife of Ertrugrul and she is said to have a royal lineage. In TV series it is shown, she is a Seljuk Princess and a grave is found in Sogut, Turkey with same name. There is must be some reason a shepherd goes to pave away for an Empire.
History in east differs since it relies much on Traditional values and oral statements having not documented proof. Even 70 years ago, In Indian subcontinent people donated lands to other people without documentation and their descendants honored the action. These events were not documented and can be said as false’ or did not happen according to western historians. This is a difference between East and West.
Achievements of Ertrugrul
- Gave tough times to Byzantines
- Fought Against Sadattin Kopek
- Conquered the main fortress nearby
- •Support to Seljuk Sultanate of Rum. The Empire founded by Kutalmish’s son Suleyman after death of Alp Arslan.
- He was granted land by Ala ad-Din Kay Qubadh I, the Seljuk Sultan in Ankara.
An ambitious statesman who maned to kill Sultan Aladdin’s Ayyubid wife and two sons . His devotion to the state was great.
Emir Al-Aziz of Aleppo
He was the grandson of Salahuddin Ayubbi, liberator of Jerusalem. Shihab ad-Din Tughril(r) was appointed as guardian of Al Aziz since his father had died at age 3. He actually took control at age 17, but died at age of 23.His daughter Ghaziya Khatun later on marries Seljuk Sultan of Rum, Kaykhusraw II (Giyaseddin Ibn Kayqubad).
He was a sufi sheikh born 1206 CE,in Inac,Turkey. Erturgrul Ghazi was close to the sheikh Edebali who was father of Bala Hatun. Osman I married Bala Hatun and Sheikh Edebali became his father in law.
Ibn Arabi was known as a poet, philosopher born in Spain. There is not clear evidence this meeting happened but some spiritual backing was present to Ertrugrul adventures.