Khorezm Shahs

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The large oasis of Choresm

The old Iranian title Khorezm Shah ( Persian خوارزمشاه, DMG H v Arazm-Šāh) was performed as early as the first millennium BC of four dynasties (z. T. of any race, religion and language) which usually largely independent on the southern shore of the Aral Sea located large oasis Khorezm reigned.

The early dynasties were the Siyawuschiden / Afrighiden , Mamuniden and Altuntaschiden .

By far the most important and most famous dynasty was the last one to the Muslim , Turkish-born Anuschteginiden (Anūšteginiden, 1077-1231), the early 13th century both Choresmien and its environment and throughout Iran , Transoxania and today's Afghanistan dominated. Therefore, often only or primarily the Anuschteginids are meant when the “(great) Choresm Shahs” are mentioned.

The early dynasties

Drachma of Afrighiden King Schavuschfarn from the mid-8th century.

From the middle of the 3rd century , the rule of the Kushan over Khoresm ended and the rulers of the new Siyawuschiden / Afrighiden dynasty (Siyāvušiden / Āfrīġiden) came to power. Later, Choresm became part of the late antique Sassanid Empire for a time, but gained strength again in the sixth century. In 712 Khorezm was conquered by the Muslims, who did not occupy it permanently. In 751 a delegation of the Afrighid Shavush fern traveled to the imperial court of the Tang dynasty and asked for help against the Arabs.

In 995, the Emir of Gurganj overthrew the Afrighids, founded the Mamunids (Maʾmūniden) dynasty and moved the Khorezm capital to Gurganj. Sultan Mahmuds of Ghazna occupied Khorezm in 1017, ended the rule of the Mamunids and incorporated Khorezm into his empire.

The governor of the Ghaznavids , Altun-Tashkent, founded the dynasty of Harun, Ghaznavid Governor of Khwarezm (Altuntašiden) and could reach a certain independence. His two successors openly rebelled against the Ghaznavids and declared their independence as allies of the Seljuks . As early as 1041, however, Khorezm was conquered by Shah-Malik (Šāh-Malik), the ruler of the Oghuz , and the rule of the Altuntaschids was eliminated.

The Anushteginids

The dynasty of the Anushteginids was founded by Anush-Tegin Ghartschai , who was appointed prefect (šiḥna) of Khoresmia by the Seljuk Sultan Malik-Shah I (Malik-Šāh) around 1077 .

The traditional title of Choresm- Shah led only Anusch-Tegin successor, the Turkish military slave Ekintschi ibn Qotschqar whose government the rule of Anuschteginidendynastie in 1097 briefly interrupted before finally Anusch-Tegin son Qutb ad-Din Muhammad as a new Khorezm Shah could enforce. He was followed by his son Ala ad-Din Atsiz from 1127 (or 1128).

Il-Arslan is crowned ruler. Illustration from the Jami 'at-tawarich of Rashīd ad-Dīn .

Atsiz 'son and successor Il-Arslan was able to rule independently of the declining Seljuks after the death of Sultan Sanjar (1157) and rose to become one of the most powerful rulers in the Islamic East.

Il-Arslan's eldest son Tekisch followed in 1172 and was able to conquer Nishapur in 1187 and later the cities of Merw , Sarachs and Tus .

His son Muhammad followed in 1200 and initially lost control of western Iran and Khorasan. But he managed to conquer all non-Indian areas of the disintegrated Ghurid Empire by 1215. In the battle of Taras in 1210 he was able to defeat the Kara Kitai together with Muslim allies and ruled almost all of Transoxania. Sultan Muhammad's victories over the Ghurids, Qara-Chitai, Qipchaqen and Qarachanids finally allowed him to advance to central and western Iran: Mazandaran , Kirman , Makran and Hormuz were conquered, and in 1217 all of Persian Iraq. Mohammed even tried to conquer Baghdad in the fall of the same year to end the rule of his arch enemy an-Nasir, but the majority of Muhammad's army was destroyed in a violent snowstorm while attempting to cross the Zagros Mountains .

The Mongols, united by Genghis-Khan , conquered western Central Asia from 1219 . The Khorezmian capital was also razed to the ground and Muhammad II fled to a small island in the Caspian Sea , where he died in the winter of 1220/1221. His son Jalal ad-Din continued the resistance against the Mongols, but was defeated by the allied Rum Seljuks and Aiyubids in 1230 and murdered by robbers a year later while fleeing from the Mongols.

This ended the dynasty of the Anushteginids and the rule of the Khorezm Shahs.

See also

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