Zeibek
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, the name of a Turkish tribe in the region of Smyrna. The origin of the Zeibek has not yet been fully explained. Just as it used to be the custom to say the Tak̲h̲tad̲j̲i [q. v.] were descendants of the earliest inhabitants of Asia Minor, so the ancestors of the Zeibek were sought in the remnants of Thracians who had settled around Tralles. In favour of this we have also the fact that they were called Gjaur by orthodox Turks (Lord Keppel, op. cit., ii. 266). This view however is undoubtedly wrong; we must rather see in the Zeibek one of those Yürük tribes, who settled in consi…

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Babinger, Franz, “Zeibek”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 14 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_6089>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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