Janibek Khan

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Janibek Khan
2nd Khan of the Kazakh Khanate
Reign1473/4 ‒ c. 1480
PredecessorKerei Khan
SuccessorBurunduk Khan
Diedc. 1480 (aged 51–52)
Kazakh Khanate
SpouseJagan-Begim Khanim
IssueSuyimbike Khanim, Amanbike Khanim
HouseHouse of Borjigin
FatherBarak Khan
There are a number of Khans named Jani Beg in the history of the various descendants of Genghis Khan. This page refers to the Kazakh leader. See below for other related names.

Janibek Khan (Kazakh: Жәнібек хан, Jánibek 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 who was also a direct descendant of Genghis Khan. Genghis Khan's son Juchi Khan, Juchi 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, Qasim, 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 emirs of the former White Horde. He led the splinter group along with Kerei (or Girei or Kerei), who was his relative, and who was also descended from 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
Kerei Khan
Khan of the Kazakhs
1473/4 – c. 1480
Succeeded by
Burunduk Khan

See also[edit]

Jani Beg (?–1357), Khan of the Golden Horde