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Ancestor of the Seljuq sultans of Rum
Reign ? –
Predecessor Aslan Yabgu
Successor Suleiman ibn Qutulmish
House House of Seljuq
Father Aslan Yabgu
Religion Sunni Islam

Qutalmish (Old Anatolian Turkish: قُتَلمِش, Persian: قتلمش‎) (alternative spellings: Qutulmush, Kutalmish, Kutalmış) was a Turkic prince who was a member of Seljukid house in the 11th century. His son Kutalmışoglu Suleiman, founded the Sultanate of Rum in what is now Turkey.

Sultanate of Rûm[edit]

Kutalmish was the son of Arslan Yabgu and a cousin of Tughril and played a vital role in the conquests of the Seljuq Turks. In 1046, he was sent with an army by Tughril to force back the Byzantine army at Ganja and was victorious.[1]

He supported a rebellion against Tughril and contested the succession to the throne with Alp Arslan. (see Battle of Damghan (1063)) According to the historian Ali ibn al-Athir, Kutalmish knew the sciences of the stars.[2] His son, Suleiman, was recognized as Sultan of Rûm by Malik Shah I in 1084.[3]


Kutalmış is a very rare masculine Turkish given name, which is used in memory of Kutalmısh.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Martin Sicker, The Islamic World in Ascendancy: From the Arab Conquests to the Siege of Vienna, (Greenwood Publishing, 2000), 53.
  2. ^ Institutionalisation of Science in the Medreses of pre-Ottoman and Ottoman Turkey, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, Turkish Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, Ed. Gürol Irzik and Güven Güzeldere, (Springer, 2005), 267.
  3. ^ Köprülü, Mehmed Fuad. The Seljuks of Anatolia: their history and culture according to local Muslim sources. Salt Lake City, Utah: Univ. of Utah Press,(1992), 72.
Political offices
Preceded by
Arslan Yabgu
Seljuk Prince Succeeded by