Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Otlukbeli (1473)

Most people have heard of the Ottomans, but their opponents in today’s battle, the Aqquyunlu (“white sheep” in Turkish) tribal confederation, are considerably more obscure. They didn’t have a very long run as a major world power. But for a few decades in the second half of the 15th century, the Aqquyunlu controlled all of modern Iraq; parts of Anatolia, the Caucasus, and modern Syria; and southeast through modern Iran to roughly the modern border of Pakistan. They had a heck of a peak, is what I’m saying. And if they hadn’t picked a fight with the Ottomans they might have even gotten to stay there for a while.

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