Qara Hülëgü

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This article is about the Chagatai khan. For the founder of the Ilkhanate, see Hulagu.

Qara Hülëgü (died 1252) was head of the ulus of the Chagatai Khanate (1242 - 1246, 1252). He was the son of Mö'etüken (killed during the 1221 siege of Bamiyan), and a grandson of Chagatai Khan.

Qara Hülëgü was nominated by Chagatai Khan, as well as Ögedei Khan, to become khan. Since he was still young, Ebuskun acted as regent for him. In order to ensure his power, however, the Grand Khan Güyük Khan deposed him in 1246 and replaced him with one of Qara Hülëgü's uncles, Yesü Möngke. However, following the ascension of Güyük's successor, Möngke Khan, Qara Hülëgü gained the Great Khan's favor by supporting him in his purges of the family of Ögedei Khan. He was restored to his position of Chagatai Khan, but died before returning to his realm. Mongke permitted his wife Orghana Khatun to serve as regent. Qara Hülëgü was later succeeded by his son Mubarak Shah.

Preceded by
Chagatai Khan
Khan of Chagatai Khanate
First Reign

1242–1246
Succeeded by
Yesü Möngke
Preceded by
Yesü Möngke
Khan of Chagatai Khanate
Second Reign

1252
Succeeded by
Mubarak Shah
(under the regency of Orghana)