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Murad ibn Abdullah
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According to his own story, Murad ibn Abdullah was captured by the Ottoman army at the Battle of Mohács in 1526 when he was 17 years old (T esviyetü’t-teveccüh, MS London, fol. 149r). His Hungarian name was Balázs Somlyai, and he was born in Nagybánya (today Baia Mare in northern Transylvania, Romania; see Ács, ‘Tarjumans Mahmud and Murad’, p. 308). As he later related to Stefan Gerlach, the Luthe…

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Krstić, Tijana, “Murad ibn Abdullah”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 01 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2015

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