Janibek Khan

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Janibek
Khan of the Kazakh Khanate
Reign1473/4 – c. 1480
Coronation1473/4
PredecessorKerei Khan
SuccessorBurunduk Khan
Born1428
Diedc. 1480 (aged 51–52)
Sighnaq, Kazakh Khanate
SpouseJagan-Begim Khanim
IssueSuyimbike Khanim, Amanbike Khanim
Names
Janıbek bin Barak Khan
HouseHouse of Borjigin
DynastyTore
House of Urus Khan
FatherBarak Khan
ReligionSunni Islam

Janibek Khan (Kazakh: Жәнібек хан, Jänıbek han, جٵنٸبەك حان‎) was a co-founder and the second Khan of Kazakh Khanate from 1473-1480. He was a son of Barak, Khan of the Golden Horde from 1422 to 1427. Barak Khan's father was Koirichak, grandson of Urus Khan, a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan's son was Jochi Khan, Jochi Khan's son Tukai-Timur, Tukai-Timur's son Uz-Timur, Uz-Timur's son Khodja, Khodja's son Badakun-Uglan, Badakun-Uglan's son Urus Khan, Urus Khan's son Koirchak-khan, Koirchak-khan's son Barak Khan, Barak Khan's son Zhanibek/Janibek Khan. He had nine sons: Iranji, Mahmud, Kasym, Ithik, Janisch, Kanabar, Tenish, Usuk, and Dzhuak.

Janibek Khan was a co-leader of a new Kazakh Khanate, following a successful rebellion against the Uzbek Khan Abu'l-Khayr Khan in 1465 and 1466. Janibek's father was Barak Khan, who was poisoned by the emirs of the former White Horde. He led the splinter group along with Kerei (or Girei or Kerei), his relative, who was also a descendant of the famous Urus Khan of the White Horde. For his wisdom, he was given the title "Az", meaning "the wise" in the Kazakh language, and so was called Az-Zhanibek. His son, Kasym Khan, codified the laws of his people.

Preceded by
Khan of the Kazakhs
1473/4 – c. 1480
Succeeded by