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Turkish incursion into the lands of Islam 10 & 13 Centuries

Please describe or explain to me about the good and bad impact that the incursion of the Turkish tribes had when they went into the central lands of Islam during the 10th and 13th centuries.

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Before I get started, let me explain that the a Turkish tribal family by the name of Seljuk, came to power and it was that name/family that really changed the face of this part of Islamic history.

The greatest impact of the Turkish incursions was the revival of the Sunni Islamic faith. They Seljuks restored the Abbasid caliphate to Sunni rule by ousting the Buyidsm and reclaimed Syria for Sunni Islam. Their conquest of Anatolia and its subsequent Islamization laid the groundwork for the emergence of the next Turkish dynasty, that played a critical role in the history of the Islamic world until the 20th century: The Ottomans. This result can be wither good or bad depending on who you talk to or from what perspective you view the events. But one thing is for sure, good or bad, the historical impact was huge.

Please also read the following to get a better idea of what the Seljuks accomplished and/or enforced.

In the 11th century, the Seljuk Turks established an enlightened, tolerant government in Central Anatolia that fostered a great culture. The small Seljuk ruling class governed a population that was mostly Greek-speaking Anatolian Christian, with a significant Jewish minority. Seljuk rule was tolerant of race, religion and gender although they brought ...

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This solution describes the positive and negative impact of the incursion of the Turkish tribes when they went into the central lands of Islam during the 10th and 13th centuries.