HOW WAS SULTAN ALP ARSLAN KILLED?
This study addresses events that occurred during the last military expedition of Sultan Alp Arslan, one of the greatest rulers in Seljuq and Turkish history. Related subects include how the Sultan was killed, his will, the date of his death, where he was buried and the site of his grave. The most important sources of the period of Sultan Alp Arslan were used for this research. The results show that Sultan Alp Arslan died on 24 November 1072 as the consequence of a stab wound from the dagger of Yousef al-Khwarezmi, the commander of Berzem fortress. Sultan Alp Arslan was killed after crossing the Amudarya River during a military expedition he organized against the Western Karakhanid. Before he passed away, Sultan Alp Arslan made a dying wish that his son and heir apparent Malik-Shah I succeed him. Sultan Alp Arslan was buried in the city of Marv by his son Malik-Shah I.