Resurrection Ertugrul: A true story or a fiction? || Number 1 Season

Resurrection Ertugrul is a Turkish Drama series that took Pakistan by storm. It got attention when PM Imran khan started binge watching it and also ordered to air it on PTV. He also advised youth to start watching Ertugrul for it is an effective source of learning about Islam. The much-created hype is also because of the engaging story line and exceptional acting of the Turkish actors. Furthermore, the Turkish series also caught the eyes of many critiques from film and drama industry of Pakistan. But the question that arises is that whether this whole historic drama Resurrection Ertugrul a true story or a fiction?

Resurrection Ertugrul

Ertugrul as a Historic Figure:

Ertugrul Ghazi was a historic figure and was the father of Osman, founder of Ottoman Empire. We can find the proof of his existence in the stories of Ibn ul Arabi and in the legends of Turkish Legends. Moreover, his tomb is still present in Sogut along with the tombs of his other family members. His tomb is alongside the tombs of his beloved wife, Halime Sultan, his sons and his alps. From this we can determine that Ertugrul was a historic figure and not a man made character.

Ertugrul, A true story
Tomb of Ertugrul Ghazi

Resurrection Ertugrul: a true story or a fiction?

But what about the whole drama series? Is it based on the true events or is that a fiction? The answer of this question is a bit complicated. According to the actor Engin Altan Duzyatan, who played the role of Ertugrul, history gives us very limited information about Ertugrul. So limited that the whole information and historical facts about Ertugrul are composed of mere 7 pages. We can also find some anecdotes of Ertgurul in Ibn ul Arabi’s writings, but those stories are also very limited. So it is most likely that the series is based on legends and some unrecorded stories that may or maynot be based on fiction.


We cannot deny the fact that Ertugrul was a real historic figure who with only few Kayi people climbed his way up and became a founding figure of Ottoman Empire. But it is also true that we cannot find the evidence of the whole story in any book which make most of the Turkish Drama a story, a fascinating and an informative story.

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  2. I loved this series. Absolutely entrancing. I watch this with English subtitles that are woefully badly done and still enjoy the swashbuckling and romance immensely. The countryside is lovely. The actors are strong and brilliant.
    If the hero speaks English, he should go straight to Hollywood. Where he would become a millionaire.
    It actually made me feel that I was beginning to develop a slight understanding of the Muslim Faith and lost some of the fear I had.

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