Alp Arslan, Great Seljuk Sultan

Alp Arslan (meaning, the Lion-Hearted), who opened the way of Anatolia to the Muslims in 1071 by defeating the Byzantines, and is best remembered for his bravery and military strategy, according to the historian.

Turkish Sultan Alparslan, was the son of Chaghri Beg. He was born in 1030 and died on 15 December 1072. He was the second of the Turkish-Seljuk sultan ruled from 1063 to 1072, who inherited from the Seljuks, the territory of Khorasan and western Iran, and he conquered, Georgia, Armenia, and the majority of Asia Minor from the Byzantine Empire.

On August 26, 1071, at the battle of Manzikert (Malazgirt), he defeated Byzantine Empire and got control over the Planes of Manzikert and the western part of Anatolia which was under Byzantines and this led to a large number of Turks were settled in the region in both the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey. 

According to Mustafa Alikan, a specialist in the medieval history of  Mus Alparslan University

"The battle of Manzikert was, of course, a defensive war of the Seljuq Turks, they wished to protect themselves, and the Muslim world from Byzantine Empire.

And he said, adding that Arslan was one of the most important figures in history because of his statesmanship, and quick decision-making.

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