Karabakh Beylarbeylik

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Karabakh Beylerbeylik
Qarabağ Bəylərbəyliyi


Capital Ganja
Government Absolute monarchy
 •  Established 1501
 •  End of Safavid Empire 1737
 •  Disestablished 1747
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Ak Koyunlu
Karabakh Khanate
Today part of  Azerbaijan
Warning: Value not specified for "continent"

Karabakh Beylarbeylik was an administrative region within the Safavid dynasty of Iran.[1] At the time of the Safavid Iran state, the entire territory of Arran was made up of three regions beylerbeydoms: Shirvan, Karabakh (or Ganja), Chukhursaad (or Iravan).[2] These regions were headed by the shah’s governors-general, who were called beylerbeys, or at other times hakems. The Karabakh Beylarbeylik's main urban center was the city of Ganja.[3]

The first Safavid governor of Karabakh (hakem) was Piri Beg Qajar, and was appointed as such in 1501.[3] Shahverdi-Sultan, from the Ziyad-oglu clan of the Turkic Qajar tribe, was appointed by Shah Tahmasp I (r. 1524-1576) in 1554.[3] The nobility of the tribe was granted pastures and land plots in Karabakh.[4] The power of the Karabakh beylarbeys covered a vast territory – from the Georgian border near “Sinig Korpu” Bridge (currently “Red Bridge”) to Khudafarin Bridges on the Aras River.[5]


  1. ^ Jackson, Peter. "Beglerbegī". Encyclopaedia Iranica. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Rahmani A. A. Azerbaijan in the late 16th and 17th centuries (1590–1700). Baku, 1981, pp. 87–89
  3. ^ a b c Floor 2008, p. 258.
  4. ^ A collection of articles on the history of Azerbaijan, edition 1, Baku, 1949, p. 250
  5. ^ Mirza Adigozal-bey, Karabakh-nameh, Baku, 1950, p. 47


  • Floor, Willem M. (2008). Titles and Emoluments in Safavid Iran: A Third Manual of Safavid Administration, by Mirza Naqi Nasiri. Washington, DC: Mage Publishers. ISBN 978-1933823232.