quotes Erdogan reveals grandfather of Ottomans is Mongolian

27 February 2021
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Updated 27 February 2021

Erdogan reveals grandfather of Ottomans is Mongolian

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a decree declaring that the current year on the Gregorian calendar would be given the name “Haji Bektashi Wali.”
The figure that Erdogan is trying to honor was a pillar of the Ottoman Empire and came from eastern Iran, or what was known as Khurasan, in order to be close to the Seljuk kings.
Bektashism at that time followed the path of Sufism and its doctrinal details were based on practices approaching that of the Twelve Imams.
It is known that Bektashism was the doctrine of the Janissaries, or the elite of the Turkish army, who conveyed their uncontrolled thoughts to the Ottoman colonies in the Arab region and the world. This gives an explanation for some symbolic cultural practices that can be attributed to the Ottoman identity such as the red woollen fez, which is an Ottoman headdress that dates back to the Qizilbash who were from the Shi’ite Sufis of Iran. Qizilbash means the red-headed people because they used to wear these fezzes.
Bektashism details Islam in its own way. Its followers do not consider that fasting and prayer to be obligatory rituals, do not forbid alcoholic drinks or pork, and give a person absolute freedom to do whatever he wants.
The Christians and Jews in the ancient Ottoman colonies preferred to enter Islam through the very flexible gate of Bektashism, to the point that Christians used to make the pilgrimage to the shrine of Bektashi in Turkey — and they did not stop that until at the beginning of the 20th century. They called that shrine Saint Charalambos.
In Bektashism there is an Islamic trinity symbolized by the sun, moon and sky, and the Bektashis were the ones who added the Magian crescent to the Ottoman flag.
The most important thing is that the history of the Bektashi leads to the history of the Ottomans themselves, so it is likely that the grandfather of the Ottomans, whose name is Utman Ertugrul, was a pagan like his father before his conversion to Islam, that his ethnic origins go back to the Mongolian Qaitribe and not to the Turkish Qabi tribe, and that Ertugrul was not a grandson of Suleiman Shah, who established the Seljuk dynasty of Rum, but a grandson of the Mongolian Gunduz Alp. Therefore when the Mongols overthrew the Seljuks they established Mongolian rule with an Ottoman cloak.
Erdogan’s Bektashian decree, and the map that was reported by Turkish and Western media that talked about Turkish influence in the year 2050, cannot be properly understood outside its context.

Erdogan’s Bektashian decree, and the map that was reported by Turkish and Western media that talked about Turkish influence in the year 2050, cannot be properly understood outside its context.

Dr. Bader bin Saud

It is clear that President Joe Biden’s administration does not trust Erdogan and criticizes his political moves, his handling of the issue of freedoms in Turkey, and his aggressive behavior toward his neighbors in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Biden has also not responded to Erdogan’s congratulatory message for more than a month, and there has been no contact or communication between the foreign ministers of the two countries.
In short, what Erdogan wants is to tell the new US administration that he is a tolerant and open-minded Bektashi, and that his alleged influence will spread to the region according to the map dating back to 2009, or two years before the Arab Spring.
I do not imagine that he will obtain satisfactory responses without making concessions that convince Washington he is a reliable ally.

• Dr. Bader bin Saud is a weekly columnist in both Al Riyadh and Okaz newspapers.