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Anatolia between Emir Süleyman and Mehmed Çelebi (before March 1403 – 14 June 1410)

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The struggles between Mehmed Çelebi and İsa involved the Turkish beyliks of Anatolia, which formed alliances supporting one or the other claimant to the Ottoman throne. After these events, for a short time Mehmed was the uncontested ruler of Ottoman Anatolia. But as soon as İsa was eliminated, Emir Süleyman gathered a large army from Rumeli and crossed the straits. Süleyman, in Anatolia the period 1404–1409 was by far the quietest in the civil war. After Süleyman’s initial operations in 1403–1404 in which he made great territorial gains, the overall situation there seems to have reached a balance which was only occasionally interrupted by skirmishes between Süleyman, Mehmed, and the beyliks of Anatolia. Many Ottoman fighters fleeing the Battle of Ankara had taken refuge in Rumeli, where there were also large numbers of raiders left unemployed by Süleyman’s peaceful policies toward the Christian powers.

Keywords: Battle of Ankara; Emir Süleyman; Mehmed Çelebi; Rumeli



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