Tursun Beg

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Tursun Beg
Title Tursun Beg
Bornc. 1420
EraOttoman Empire
Main interest(s)Ottoman history
Notable work(s)"Tarih-i Ebülfeth" ("The History of the Conqueror")

Tursun Beg (Turkish: Tursun Bey; probably born in mid-1420s in Bursa)[1] was an Ottoman bureaucrat and historian who wrote a chronicle dedicated to Mehmed II.

Life and career[edit]

Tursun Beg's life is only known from references in his chronicle. He came from a prominent timariot family and held a timar himself.[1] He worked in the imperial divan and accompanied Mehmed II during the siege of Constantinople in 1453 that led to the fall of Constantinople.[1]


Tursun Beg's only known work is the Tarih-i Ebülfeth (تاريخ ابو الفتح in Ottoman; "The History of the Conqueror").


  • Tursun Beg. The history of Mehmed the Conqueror. [Tarih-i Ebülfeth] Halil Inalcik and Rhoads Murphey trans. Minneapolis: Bibliotheca Islamica, 1978.
  • Woodhead, Christine. "Tursun Beg." Encyclopaedia of Islam. 2nd Edition.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Woodhead, Christine. "Ṭūrsūn Beg." Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition. Brill, 2011.