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Who was Ahmad Shah Durrani?

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    In the history of Afghanistan, there have been many mighty rulers and sovereigns, however, one stood out from all of them. He was a  pious, patriotic, and merciful man who had all the profound traits of an exceptional leader, and ruled his lands with justice. He not only became the hero of all Afghans but also saved Islam in the subcontinent. In this video, we will go through the chapters of the life of Ahmad Shah Durrani, the Afghan ruler who united the Afghan tribes and became the founder of modern Afghanistan, as well as the father of his nation.   Ahmad Shah Durrani      Ahmad Khan Abdali was born in Herat, in 1723. He was the son of Zaman Khan, and the grandson of Dawlat Khan. He was from the Pashtun Sadouzai Tribe, a sub tribe of the Abdali Tribe. The story starts in  1732 CE, in Farah, Afghanistan, when Ahmad Khan's older brother, Zulfiqar Khan was defeated by his enemies. Zulfiqar Khan took his younger brother Ahmad Khan with him and fled to Kandahar, where they sought

The Real History of Konur Alp

   Konur Alp was a prominent commander who was known for his very commendable military skills during the early stages of the Ottoman Empire. He played a very important role in the conquest of the regions between Akyazi and Anadolu Kavagi. Konur Alp was among Osman Ghazi's closest companions, as well as Orhan Ghazi's greatest comrades. Nevertheless, what do we know about the life of of Konur Alp? 


    Prior to becoming the head of the Kayi Tribe, Osman Ghazi took part in many campaigns and expeditions. During this time, he had a couple of close friends who would accompany him to every place he would go. These close friends of his would be with him in every hardship that he was to face. And so, after decades in accompanying Osman Ghazi in all the raids and battles he would fight in; together, they would establish the Ottoman Empire. These close comrades of his were Turgut Alp, Samsa Cavus, Abdurrahman Ghazi, Aykut Alp, Saltuk Alp, Hasan Alp, Akca Koca, and of course, Konur Alp. And so, these loyal companions of Osman Ghazi would soon become the most significant commanders of the Ottoman Empire, and would conquer many far away lands together.

    It was around this time, that Osman Ghazi would send his fellow comrade, Konur Alp, to conquer the regions surrounding the Black Sea. During this campaign, Konur Alp would conquer areas such as Akyazi, Melen River, and Mudurnu. These areas were soon to be named after him as Konur Alp Township, in Duzce Province, Turkey. However, after the death of Osman Ghazi, Konur would also become one of Orhan Ghazi's most trusted commanders. And so, Orhan Ghazi would send Konur Alp, along with Akca Koca to accompany Abdurrahman Ghazi in the great conquest of the Aydos Castle. Then, during the conquest of Bursa, Konur Alp would show very commendable, military administration skills. However, he would pass away in the exact same year, during the preparation for the conquest of Iznik, in 1326 CE.
   
    It is believed that Konur Alp was buried in the same Konur Alp Township that was named after him. About 668 years after his death, Konuralp Museum was opened in Duzce Province, in 1994 CE, by the Ministry of Culture. The opening of the museum indicated Turkey's love and respect for the early Ottoman Hero. And today, people from all around Turkey come to visit the grave built outside of Ertugrul Ghazi's tomb, in honor of the great warrior, Konur Alp. 


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