Mikail of Kınık tribe

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Mikail Beig (Mikail ibn Seljuk) was a Turkic chieftain who lived in the early 11th century.

His father was Seljuk who is known as the founder of the Seljuk dynasty.[1] Although his grandsons would be sultans after his death, Seljuk was only a leader of a tribe named Kınık which was a part of a loosely formed Oghuz Turk confederation (see Oghuz Yabgu State).

Mikail Beigwas one of his sons.[2] Just like other Oghuz people Seljuk and his sons were initially non Muslim. But after conversion, they began fighting against non Muslims. Mikail was killed in one of these battles. Although his exact death date is uncertain, it must be in the early 11th century (1009 ?).[3]

Mikail Beig had two sons: Chagri (989–1060) and Tughril (990–1063). The Seljuk Empire was founded by them.[4]


  1. ^ Shirazi, Saeed (2017-01-06). A CONCISE HISTORY OF IRAN: From the early period to the present time. Ketab.com. ISBN 9781595846006.
  2. ^ Selçuk University Belleten[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Essay (in Turkish)
  4. ^ Gabor Agoston-Bruce Masters:Encyclopaedia of the Ottoman Empire ISBN 978-0-8160-6259-1 p. 516