Greatest Military General in the Middle East ?

Sep 2010
In its ENTIRE History (a lot, I know), which general(s) do you think were amongst the greatest Generals in the world, for their tactics , strategy, feats of conquests, amongst others.

The general (or commander) has to be from the Middle East ! (No Alexander!! :evil: :rolleyes:)

I nominate Nader Shah :)


Ad Honorem
May 2011
Why dont you make a poll Mohammad? Can give some more options

Nur uddin Zengi
Alp Arsalan
Tariq Ibn Ziyad
Mustafa Kamal Ataturk (born in Salonika but Turkey either way has close ties with Middle East)
Mehmud Ghaznavi


Ad Honorem
May 2011
Okay sounds good, i find this a very hard decision to make. Il give a short few sentence(s) for each general.

Tariq Ibn Ziyad: May not have won many battles but Guadalete was the start of the next few hundred of years of Muslim domination in Iberia.

[ame=""]Battle of Guadalete - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

Salahdin; Is the victor of the famous battle of Hattin resulting in the recapturing of Jerusalem.

[ame=""]Battle of Hattin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

Ataturk: lead his people to numerous victories over several enemies resulting in the modern republic of Turkey.

[ame=""]Battle of Sakarya - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
[ame=""]Battle of Dumlup[/ame]

Timur: Winner of the famous Battle of Ankara over the Ottomans. Conqueror of Persia. Created and ruled over an Empire stretching from Pakistan to Turkey

[ame=""]Battle of Ankara - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

Alp Arsalan, At Manzikert he decisively defeated the Byzantines resulting in the arrival of the Turks to Anatolia.

[ame=]Battle of Manzikert - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

Nur uddin Zengi: Reveresed the trends of the Crusades firstly by defending Damascus successfully and then the Battles at Inab and Ba´rin. However his greatest acheivement was unifying Egypt and Syria under one rule thus pushing the Crusaders from both sides. His decision to send his general Shirkuh to Egypt would prove desicive as Shirkuhs nephew Salahdin would one day retake most of the holy land and complete Nuruddins mission.

[ame=]Battle of Inab - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

Mahmud Ghaznavi: Started of with Khorasan and ended up ruling over all of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and NW India. Won numerous victories over the Hindu Shahi dynasty and ended the rule of the Samanids.

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