Ala al-Din Tekish

Ala al-Din Tekish
Tekish's mausoleum, Kone-Urgench, Turkmenistan
Shah of the Khwarazmian Empire
Reign1172 – 1200
CoronationDecember 1172[1]
SuccessorMuhammad II
RegentTerken Khatun
SpouseTerken Khatun
Inanj Khatun
Fulana Khatun
IssueAla ad-Din Muhammad
Taj ad-Din Ali-Shah
Princess Shah-Khatun
Laqab: Ala ad-Din (shortly)
Kunya: Abul-Muzaffar
Given name: Tekish
HouseHouse of Anushtegin
MotherTerken Khatun
ReligionSunni Islam

Ala al-Din Tekish (Persian: علاء الدين تكش; full name: Ala ad-Dunya wa ad-Din Abul Muzaffar Tekish ibn Il-Arslan) or Tekesh or Takesh was the Shah of Khwarazmian Empire from 1172 to 1200. He was the son of Il-Arslan. His rule was contested by his brother, Sultan Shah, who held a principality in Khorasan. Tekish inherited Sultan Shah's state after he died in 1193. In Turkic the name Tekish means he who strikes in battle.[2]

In 1194 Tekish defeated the Seljuk sultan of Hamadan, Toghrul III, in an alliance with Caliph Al-Nasir, and conquered his territories. After the war, he broke with the Caliphate and was on the brink of a war with it until the Caliph accepted him as Sultan of Iran, Khorasan, and Turkestan in 1198.

He died of a peritonsillar abscess in 1200[3] and was succeeded by his son, Ala ad-Din Muhammad.


  1. ^ Mohammad Habib (1992). "THE KHWARAZMIAN EMPIRE". In Mohammad Habib; Khaliq Ahmad Nizami (eds.). A Comprehensive History of India: The Delhi Sultanat (A.D. 1206-1526). Vol. 5 (Second ed.). The Indian History Congress / People's Publishing House. p. 41. OCLC 31870180.
  2. ^ "TEKIŠ B. IL ARSLĀN" Encyclopædia Iranica. Retrieved 30 August 2014
  3. ^ Juvaini, Ala-ad-Din Ata-Malik, History of the World Conqueror, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1997. p. 314.


  • Bosworth, C. E. (1968). "The Political and Dynastic History of the Iranian World (A.D. 1000–1217)". In Frye, R. N. (ed.). The Cambridge History of Iran, Volume 5: The Saljuq and Mongol periods. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 1–202. ISBN 0-521-06936-X.

Preceded by Shah of the Khwarezmian Empire
Succeeded by

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