This iconoclastic study endeavours to show that the Saljuqs’ mindset in their campaigns in the Caucasus remained that of tribesmen, very far from the heroic fight for Islam conveyed by their bombastic historiography. The author convincingly shows that Caucasia was, in fact, crucial to enabling the sultans to fulfil their traditional role as tribal chiefs by providing pasture and plunder for the Türkmens, nomadic priorities remaining at the heart of Saljuq policies.

The Redaction
CER: II-3.2.B-162