|Seljuq sultans of Rum|
|Successor||Kilij Arslan II|
|House||House of Seljuq|
|Father||Kilij Arslan I|
Following the defeat and death of his father Kilij Arslan fighting against Ridwan of Aleppo at the battle of Khabur river in 1107, Mesud lost the throne in favor of his brother Malik Shah. With the help of the Danishmends, Mesud captured Konya and defeated Malik Shah in 1116, later blinding and eventually murdering him. Mesud would later turn on the Danishmends and conquer some of their lands. In 1130, he started construction of the Alâeddin Mosque in Konya, which was later completed in 1221.
Masud, towards the end of his reign, fought against the armies of the Second Crusade. One led by emperor Conrad III of Germany and the other led by king Louis VII of France. Mesud defeated both of them; the first at the battle of Dorylaeum near modern Eskişehir in 1147 and the second army in Laodicea near modern Denizli in 1148.
When he died, Mesud was succeeded by his son Kilij Arslan II.
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