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Ethnic Turks first embraced Islam when they met the expanding Arab empire in modern day Iran (and slightly to the north and east). This was where the Turks had settled, and the Arabs were conquering in the late seventh, and eight centuries A.D. The Arabs feared Turkish military prowess more than that of the longer-term "locals," and offered economic and ...


Before Islam, the widest Turkic belief was Tengrism. The first written sources for Turkic history, written by Asiatic descendants, was Old Turkic Orkhon inscriptions show that Turkic had a belief in the Tengri whom was described as god of the Turks whereas his domain was over the sky. Within Tengrism, even there was a hell and heaven beliefs, but was ...

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