|Sultanate of Rum
Within ten years of the Battle of Manzikert,
the Seljuks had won control of most of Anatolia. Although successful
in the west, the Seljuk sultanate in Baghdad reeled under attacks
from the Mongols in the east and was unable--indeed unwilling--to
exert its authority directly in Anatolia. The gazis carved out a
number of states there, under the nominal suzerainty of Baghdad,
states that were continually reinforced by further Turkish immigration.
The strongest of these states to emerge was the Seljuk sultanate
of Rum ("Rome," i.e., Byzantine Empire), which had its
capital at Konya (Iconium). During the twelfth and thirteenth centuries,
Rum became dominant over the other Turkish states.
The society and economy of the Anatolian countryside
were unchanged by the Seljuks, who had simply replaced Byzantine
officials with a new elite that was Turkish and Muslim. Conversion
to Islam and the imposition of the language, mores, and customs
of the Turks progressed steadily in the countryside, facilitated
by intermarriage. The cleavage widened, however, between the unruly
gazi warriors and the state-building bureaucracy in Konya.