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Chagatai Khanate
Цагадайн Хаант Улс
Tsagadain Khaant Uls
State of the Mongol Empire and independent empire later

1225–1694
 

 


Flag of Chagatai Khanate

The Chagatai Khanate (green), c. 1300.
Capital Almaliq, Qarshi
Languages Middle Mongolian
Religion Shamanism, Sunni Muslim, Buddhism, Christianity

later Sunni Islam

Government Semi-elective monarchy, later hereditary monarchy
Khan
 -  1225–1242 Chagatai Khan
Legislature Kurultai
Historical era Late Middle Ages
 -  Chagatai Khan inherited part of Mongol Empire 1225
 -  Death of Chagatai 1242
 -  Formation of the Moghul Khanate 1347
 -  Danishmendji Khan died 1348
 -  Chagatai Khanate split into two parts, Western Chagatai Khanate and Moghulistan 1340s
 -  Division of Moghulistan 1462
 -  Western Moghulistan was conquered by Aq Taghliqs 1694
Area
 -  1310 est. 1,000,000 km² (386,102 sq mi)
 -  1350 est.[1] 3,500,000 km² (1,351,358 sq mi)
Currency Coins (dirhams and Kebek coins)
Today part of  Kyrgyzstan
 China
 Uzbekistan
 Tajikistan
 Kazakhstan
 Afghanistan
 Pakistan
 Turkmenistan
 Mongolia
 Russia
 India
History of the Mongols
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Proto-Mongols Prehistory–Antiquity
Hünnü 209 BC – 93 AD
Xianbei 93–234
Üeban 160–490
Nirun 330–555
Tuoba Empire 386–585
Tuyuhun 285–670
Khitan Empire 906–1125
Khar-Khitan 1125–1221
Mongol khanates 1206–1368
Khitan Sultanate 1220s–1306
Chagatai Khanate 1225–1340s
Ilkhanate 1256–1335
Golden Horde 1240s–1502
Moghulistan 1346–1462
Chobanids 1335–1357
Jalairid Sultanate 1335–1432
Injuids 1335–1357
Mongol Khaganate 1368–1691
Kara Del 1383–1513
Four Oirat 1399–1634
Arghun state 1479–1599
Kalmyk Khanate 1630–1771
Khotgoid Khanate 1609–1691
Khoshut Khanate 1640s–1717
Zunghar Khanate 1634–1758
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1924–1992
Mongolia 1992–present

The Chagatai Khanate (Mongolian: Tsagadain Khaant Uls/Цагадайн Хаант Улс) was a Mongol khanate that comprised the lands ruled by Chagatai Khan,[2] second son of Genghis Khan, and his descendents and successors. Initially it was a part of the Mongol Empire, but it later became fully independent when the Yuan Dynasty fell in the late 14th century. The Chagatai Khans themselves recognized the sovereignty of the Mongolian Khagans between 1206 and 1270 and 1304 and 1368.[3]

At its height in the late 13th century, the Khanate extended from the Amu Darya south of the Aral Sea to the Altai Mountains in the border of modern-day Mongolia and China.[4]

The khanate lasted in one form or another from 1220s until the late 17th century, although the western half of the khanate was lost to Tamerlane in the 1360s. The eastern half remained under Chagatai khans who were, at times, allied or at war with Timur's successors. Finally, in the 17th century, the remaining Chagatai domains fell under the theocratic regime of Apaq Khoja and his descendants, the Khojijans, who ruled Xinjiang under Dzungar and Manchu overlordships consecutively.

Formation[edit]

Genghis Khan's empire was inherited by his third son, Ögedei, the designated Great Khan who personally controlled the lands east of Lake Balkash as far as Mongolia. Tolui, the youngest, the keeper of the hearth, was accorded the northern Mongolian homeland. Chagatai, the second son, received Transoxania, between the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers in modern Uzbekistan, and the area around Kashgar. He made his capital at Almaliq near what is now Yining in northwestern China.[5] Apart from problems of lineage and inheritance, the Mongol Empire was endangered by the great cultural and ethnic divide between the Mongols themselves and their mostly Islamic Turkic subjects.

When Ögedei died before achieving his dream of conquering all of China, there was an unsettled transition to his son Güyük (1241) overseen by Ögedei's wife Töregene who had assumed the regency for the five years following Ögedei's death. The transition had to be ratified in a kurultai, which was duly celebrated, but without the presence of Batu, the independent-minded khan of the Golden Horde.[6] After Güyük's death, Batu sent Berke, who maneuvered with Tolui's widow, and, in the next kurultai (1253), the Ögedite line was passed over for Möngke, Tolui's son, who was said to be favorable to Nestorian Christianity.[7] The Ögedite ulus was dismembered; only the Ögedites who did not immediately go into opposition were given minor fiefs.[8]

The Chagatai Khanate after Chagatai[edit]

Chagatai died in 1242, shortly after his brother Ögedei. For nearly twenty years after this the Chagatai Khanate was little more than a dependency of the Mongol central government, which deposed and appointed khans as it pleased. The cities of Transoxiana, while located within the boundaries of the khanate, were administrated by officials who answered directly to the Great Khan.[9]

This state of subservience to the central government was ended during the reign of Chagatai's grandson Alghu (1260–1266), who took advantage of the Toluid Civil War between Khubilai and Ariq Boke by revolting against the latter, seizing new territories and gaining the allegiance of the Great Khan's authorities in Transoxiana.[10] Most of the Chagatayids first supported Khubilai but in 1269 they joined forces with the House of Ogedei.[11]

Alghu's eventual successor, Baraq (1266–1271), who expelled the Khubilai Khan's governor in Sinkiang soon came into conflict with the Ögedite Kaidu (Qaidu), who gained the support of the Golden Horde and attacked the Chagatayids.[12]

The Chagatai Khanate and its neighbors in the late 13th century

Baraq was soon confined to Transoxiana and forced to become a vassal of Kaidu.[13] At the same time, he was at odds with Abaqa, the Ilkhan, who ruled his Ilkhanate in Persia. Baraq attacked first, but was defeated by the Ilkhanate army and forced to return to Transoxiana, where he died not long after.[14]

The next several Chagatayid khans were appointed by Kaidu,[15] who maintained a hold upon the khanate until his death. He finally found a suitable khan in Baraq's son Duwa (1282–1307), who participated in Kaidu's wars with Khubilai khan and his successors of the Yuan Dynasty.[16] The two rulers also were active against the Ilkhanate.[17] After Kaidu's death in 1301, Duwa threw off his allegiance to his successor. He also made peace with the Yuan Dynasty and paid tributes to the Yuan court; by the time of his death the Chagatai Khanate was a virtually independent state.[18]

Fall[edit]

Duwa left behind numerous sons, many of whom became khans themselves. Included among these are Kebek (1309, 1318–1326), who instituted a standardization of the coinage and selected a sedentary capital (at Qarshi), and Tarmashirin (1326–1334), who converted to Islam and raided the Sultanate of Delhi in India. The center of the khanate was shifting to its western regions, i.e. Transoxiana.

The Chagatai Khanate split into two parts in the 1340s and completely fell.[19] It is debatable whether the Western Chagatai Khanate in Transoxiana and Moghulistan (Eastern Chagatai Khanate) were a continuation of the Chagatai Khanate. In the west (Transoxiana), the mostly Muslim Mongol tribes, led by the Qara'unas amirs, seized control. In order to maintain a link to the house of Genghis Khan, the amirs set several of his descendants on the throne, though these khans ruled in name only and had no real power. The eastern part of the khanate, meanwhile, had been largely autonomous for several years as a result of the khans' weakening power. This eastern portion (most of which was known as "Moghulistan") was, in contrast to Transoxiana, primarily inhabited by Mongols and was largely Buddhist and Shamanist.

Tarmashirin, however, was brought down by a rebellion of the tribes in the eastern provinces and the khanate became increasingly unstable in the following years. In 1346 a tribal chief, Qazaghan, killed the Chagatai khan Qazan during a revolt.[20]

List of rulers[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Turchin, Peter; Adams, Jonathan M.; Hall, Thomas D (December 2006). "East-West Orientation of Historical Empires". Journal of world-systems research 12 (2): 219–229. ISSN 1076-156X. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Alternative spellings of Chagatai include Chagata, Chugta, Chagta, Djagatai, Jagatai, Chaghtai etc.
  3. ^ Dai Matsui - A Mongolian Decree from the Chaghataid Khanate Discovered at Dunhuang. Aspects of Research into Central Asian Buddhism, 2008, pp. 159-178
  4. ^ See Barnes, Parekh and Hudson, p. 87; Barraclough, p. 127; Historical Maps on File, p. 2.27; and LACMA for differing versions of the boundaries of the khanate.
  5. ^ Grousset, pp. 253–4
  6. ^ Grousset, pp. 268–9
  7. ^ Grousset, pp. 272–5
  8. ^ For example Kaidu, who received Qayaliq, in modern Kazakhstan. Biran, pp. 19–20. He later revolted against Khubilai Khan and forcefully made the Chagatai khans his vassals for three decades, as will be discussed below.
  9. ^ Grousset, pp. 328–9
  10. ^ Biran, pp. 21–2
  11. ^ Thomas T. Allsen-Culture and Conquest in Mongol Eurasia, p.24
  12. ^ Biran, p. 25
  13. ^ Biran, pp. 25–6
  14. ^ Biran, pp. 30–2
  15. ^ Biran, p. 33
  16. ^ Biran, pp. 50–2
  17. ^ Biran, pp. 59–60
  18. ^ Biran, pp. 71–6
  19. ^ Sh. Tseyen-Oidov; "From the Genghis Khan to Ligden Khan" 2002
  20. ^ Grousset, pp. 341–2

References[edit]

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  • Barraclough, Geoffrey. The Times Atlas of World History. 4th Ed. Hammond World Atlas Corporation, 1993. ISBN 0-7230-0534-6
  • Barthold, W. "Caghatai-Khan." The Encyclopedia of Islam, Volume 2. New Ed. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1965.
  • ---. "Dughlat." The Encyclopedia of Islam, Volume 2. New Ed. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1965.
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  • "The Chagatai Khanate". The Islamic World to 1600. 1998. The Applied History Research Group, University of Calgary. Retrieved 19 May 2005.
  • Elias, N. Commentary. The Tarikh-i-Rashidi (A History of the Moghuls of Central Asia). By Mirza Muhammad Haidar. Translated by Edward Denison Ross, edited by N. Elias. London, 1895.
  • Grousset, René. The Empire of the Steppes: A History of Central Asia. Trans. Naomi Walford. New Jersey: Rutgers, 1970. ISBN 0-8135-1304-9
  • Karpat, Kemal H. "The Ottoman Rule in Europe From the Perspective of 1994." Turkey Between East and West. Ed. Vojtech Mastny and R. Craig Nation. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1996. ISBN 0-8133-2420-3
  • Kim, Hodong. "The Early History of the Moghul Nomads: The Legacy of the Chaghatai Khanate." The Mongol Empire and Its Legacy. Ed. Reuven Amitai-Preiss and David Morgan. Leiden: Brill, 1998. ISBN 90-04-11048-8
  • Manz, Beatrice Forbes. The Rise and Rule of Tamberlane. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1989. ISBN 0-521-63384-2
  • "Map of the Mongol Empire". LACMA.org. 2003. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Retrieved 8 July 2008.
  • Mirza Muhammad Haidar. The Tarikh-i-Rashidi (A History of the Moghuls of Central Asia). Translated by Edward Denison Ross, edited by N.Elias. London, 1895.
  • "Mongol Invasions of Russia, 12th-13th Centuries". Map. Historical Maps on File: Ringbound. 2nd Ed. Facts on File, 2002. ISBN 0-8160-4600-X
  • Roemer, H. R. "Timur in Iran." The Cambridge History of Iran, Volume 6: The Timurid and Safavid Periods. Ed. Peter Jackson and Lawrence Lockhart. London: Cambridge University Press, 1986. ISBN 0-521-20094-6
  • Xinjiang: China's Muslim Borderland, S. Frederick Starr

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