|Irbis Shegui Qaghan |
|Ninth Qaghan of the Western Turkic Khaganate|
|Predecessor||Irbis Ishbara Yabgu Qaghan (in south) |
Yukuk Shad (in north)
|Father||El Kulug Shad|
Irbis Shekui Khagan (full title: Yǐpíshèkuìkĕhàn 乙毗射匮可汗) (r. 642–651) was the next-to-last ruler of the Western Turkic Khaganate.
In 642, he overthrew Yukuk Shad (r. 638–642) with support from the expanding Tang dynasty Chinese. Although Yukuk Shad was still active and controlling a part of the territory, Irbis Shekui had the support of Nushibi (western) tribes. During the early years of his reign the rivalry between the Nushibi and Dulu factions cooled off.
In 646, he sought a Chinese princess for his bride. In return, Emperor Taizong of Tang demanded the return of several Tarim Basin cities. When this was refused the Chinese invaded the Tarim. Two years later several Dulu leaders took refuge in China. With them the khaganate also lost Dzungaria to China.
| Khagan of the Western Turkic Khaganate