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Yarkent Khanate

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Yarkent Khanate

Location of Yarkent Khanate
Common languagesChagatai language
Khagan, Khan 
• 1514–1533 (first)
Sultan Said Khan
• 1695–1705 (last)
Sultan Muhammad Mumin Khan (Akbash Khan)
• Established
• Disestablished
3,000,000 km2 (1,200,000 sq mi)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Dzungar Khanate
Today part ofChina
Part of a series on the
History of Xinjiang
Museum für Indische Kunst Dahlem Berlin Mai 2006 063.jpg

The Yarkent Khanate, also spelled as Yarkand Khanate, was a state ruled by the Genghisid Chagatais, the majority of whose subject population was Turkic in Central Asia.

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Yarkent served as the capital for the Khanate, and was also known as the Yarkent State (Mamlakati Yarkand), from the establishment of the Yarkent Khanate to its fall (1514–1705). The previous Dughlat state of Mirza Abu Bakr Dughlat (1465–1514) of Kashgaria also used Yarkent as the capital of state.


The Khanate was predominantly Uyghur; some of its most populated cities were Hotan, Yarkent, Kashgar, Yangihissar, Aksu, Uchturpan, Kucha, Karashar, Turpan and Kumul. It enjoyed continued dominance in the region for about 200 years until it was conquered by the Dzungar Khan, Tsewang Rabtan in 1713.

In the first half of the 14th century the Chagatai Khanate had collapsed; its eastern part became Moghulistan, which was created by Tughluk Timur Khan in 1347 with the capital centered in Almalik, around the Ili River Valley. The reigning dynasty of the Yarkent Khanate originated from this state, which existed for more than a century and eventually split in 1462 into two parts: the mostly nomadic Moghulistan north of Tengri tagh and an independent state with its capital in Aksu, south of Tengri tagh, under Dust Muhammad. It comprised all the settled lands of Eastern Kashgaria, as well as regions of Turpan and Kumul, and was known at the time as Uyghurstan, according to Balkh and Indian sources of the 16th and 17th centuries.

In 1514 Sultan Said Khan, descendant of Tughluk Timur Khan, overthrew Mirza Abu Bakr Dughlat's state in Western Kashgaria with its capital in Yarkand and put an end to the dominance in the cities of Kashgaria of the Dughlat emirs, who had controlled them since 1220, when most of Kashgaria had been granted to the Dughlat by Chagatai Khan himself. The conquest of the Dughlats allowed the Yarkent state to become the foremost power in the region. On the western part of the collapsed Chagatai Khanate, the Empire of Timur emerged in 1370, and became the dominant power in the region until its conquest in 1508 by the Shaibanids. Meanwhile, the Yarkent Khanate was conquered by the Buddhist Dzungar Khanate in the Dzungar conquest of Altishahr [1] from 1678 to 1713.

List of rulers


The collection of Uyghur Twelve Muqam



Saray Mehmet, Doğu Türkistan Tarihi (Başlangıçtan 1878’e kadar), Bayrak Matbaacılık, İstanbul-1997

Kutlukov M, About foundation of Yarkent Khanate (1465-1759) , Pan publishing house, Almata,1990


  1. ^ Altishahr historically was a union of 6 cities: four cities in Western Kashgaria-Hotan, Yarkand, Kashgar, Yengihisar and two cities in Eastern Kashgaria: Uchturpan and Aksu. Cities that were located east of Aksu, such as Kucha, Karashar, Turpan and Kumul, were not included in Altishahr. This division first appeared in the 15th century during the struggle between Mirza Abu Bakr Dughlat and the Moghul Khans, when Abu Bakr managed to separate Altishahr into an independent state called Mamlakati Yarkand with its capital in Yarkand. The Mughal khans then managed to establish control of the most of former Uyghuria (856–1389), mediaval state of Buddhist/ Nestorian/ Manichaenian Kingdom, that included Kucha, Karashar, Turpan, Kumul and Beshbaliq. That state submitted to Chengiz Khan in 1211 under Idikut Baurchuk Art Tekin and joined Mongol Empire as its 5th Ulus and this way retained independence till 1389, when was conquered by Khizr Khoja ( son of Tughluk Timur Khan), who spread Islam among population of Uyghuria. In 1462 Moghul Khan Dust Muhammad managed to wrest Aksu from Mirza Abu Bakr, later Yunus Khan (1462–1487) spread influence of Moghul Khans till Turpan and Kumul and this independent state became known as Uyghurstan. In 1514 Sultan Said Khan put an end to this division and united all territory south of Tengri tagh from Kashgar to Kumul in one centralized state, known in different sources as Kashgar and Uyghurstan (Mahmud ibn Wali, Balkh, 1640), Saidiyya, Kashgar Khanate or more properly Yarkand Khanate, that existed under dominance of Yarkand Khans till 1706 and under dominance of Khojas till 1759 when it was conquered by Qing China.
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