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Khanate of Kokand

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Khanate of Kokand
خان‌نشین خوقند
Khānneshin-e Khoqand
خوقند خانليغى
Khoqand Khānliği
The Emirate of Kokand and main polities in Asia c. 1800
The Khanate of Kokand in the year 1860 and its neighbors
The Khanate of Kokand in the year 1860 and its neighbors
Common languagesPersian[a][b][c]
Chagatai language[1]
Sunni Islam
• Established
• Disestablished
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Khanate of Bukhara
Kyrgyz Khanate
Fergana Oblast
Today part ofUzbekistan

The Khanate of Kokand (Persian: خان‌نشین خوقند; Khānneshin-e Khoqand, Chagatay: خوقند خانليغى Khoqand Khānliği) was a Central Asian polity[2] in the Fergana Valley centred on the city of Kokand between 1709 and 1876. Its territory is today divided between Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan.


The Khanate of Kokand was established in 1709 when the Shaybanid emir Shahrukh, of the Ming Tribe of Uzbeks, declared independence from the Khanate of Bukhara, establishing a state in the eastern part of the Fergana Valley. He built a citadel as his capital in the small town of Kokand, thus starting the Khanate of Kokand. His son, Abdul Kahrim Bey, and grandson, Narbuta Bey, enlarged the citadel, but both were forced to submit as a protectorate, and pay tribute to, the Qing dynasty between 1774 and 1798.[3][page needed][4][page needed]

Narbuta Bey’s son Alim was both ruthless and efficient. He hired a mercenary army of Ghalcha highlanders, and conquered the western half of the Fergana Valley, including Khujand and Tashkent. He was assassinated by his brother Umar in 1811. Umar's son, Mohammed Ali (Madali Khan), ascended to the throne in 1822 at the age of 12. During his reign, the Khanate of Kokand reached its greatest territorial extent. The Kokand Khanate also housed the Khojas of Kashgar like Jahangir Khoja. In 1841, the British officer Captain Arthur Conolly failed to persuade the various khanates to put aside their differences, in an attempt to counter the growing penetration of the Russian Empire into the area. In November 1841, Captain Conolly left Kokand for Bukhara in an ill-fated attempt to rescue fellow officer Colonel Charles Stoddart, and both were executed on 24 June 1842 by the order of Emir Nasrullah Khan of Bukhara.[5][3][page needed]

Following this, Madali Khan, who had received Conolly in Kokand, and who had also sought an alliance with Russia, lost the trust of Nasrullah. The Emir, encouraged by the conspiratorial efforts of several influential figures in Kokand (including the commander in chief of its army), invaded the Khanate in 1842. Shortly thereafter he executed Madali Khan, his brother, and Omar Khan's widow, the famed poet Nodira. Madali Khan's cousin, Shir Ali, was installed as the Khan of Kokand in June 1842.[6] Over the next two decades, the khanate was weakened by a bitter civil war, which was further exacerbated by Bukharan and Russian incursions. During this period, the Kyrgyz tribes also broke away, forming the Kara-Kyrgyz Khanate [ky] under the leadership of Ormon Khan. Shir Ali's son, Khudayar Khan, ruled from 1844 to 1858, from 1862 to 1863, and from 1865 to 1875. In the meantime, Russia was continuing its advance; on 29 June 1865 Tashkent was taken by the Russian troops of General Chernyayev; the loss of Khujand followed in 1867.[7][page needed]

Shortly before the fall of Tashkent, Kokand’s best-known son, Yakub Beg, former lord of Tashkent, was sent by the then Khan of Kokand, Alimqul, to Kashgar, where the Hui Muslims were in revolt against the Chinese. When Alimqul was killed in 1865 during the battle with Russia for Tashkent, many Kokandian soldiers fled to join Yaqub Beg, helping him establish his dominion (known as Yettishar) throughout the Tarim Basin, which lasted until 1877, when Qing reconquered the region.[3][page needed]

The now powerless Khudayar Khan spent his energies improving his lavish palace. Western visitors were impressed by the city of 80,000 people, which contained some 600 mosques and 15 madrasahs. Insurrections against Russian rule and Khudayar’s oppressive taxes forced him into exile in 1875. He was succeeded by his son, Nasruddin Khan, whose anti-Russian stance provoked the annexation of Kokand[8] by generals Konstantin von Kaufman and Mikhail Skobelev. In January 1876, Tsar Alexander II stated that he had been forced to "... yield to the wishes of the Kokandi people to become Russian subjects."[citation needed] The Khanate of Kokand was declared abolished, and incorporated into the Fergana Oblast of Russian Turkestan.[9]

Rulers of Kokand[edit]

Muslim couple from Kokand (霍罕回人). Huang Qing Zhigong Tu, 1769
Seyid Muhammad Khudayar Khan, the 1860s
Reign Ruler
1709 – 1722 Shahrukh Bey
1722 – 1734 Abdul Rahim Bey
1734 – 1751 Abdul Kahrim Bey
1751 – 1752 Irdana Bey (1st Reign)
1752 – 1753 Bobobek
1753 – 1769 Irdana Bey (2nd Reign)
1769 – 1770 Suleiman Bey
1770 – 1799 Narbuta Bey
1799 – 1811 Alim Khan
1811 – 1822 Muhammad Umar Khan
1822 – 1842 Muhammad Ali Khan
1842 – 1844 Shir Ali Khan
1844 Murad Beg Khan
1844 – 1852 Muhammad Khudayar Khan (1st Reign)
Mingbashi Musulmonqul (Regent for Khudayar Khan)
1852 – 1858 Muhammad Khudayar Khan (2nd Reign)
1858 – 1862 Muhammad Mallya Beg Khan
1862 Shah Murad Khan
1862 – 1863 Muhammad Khudayar Khan (3rd Reign)
1863 – 1865 Muhammad Sultan Khan
Alimqul (Regent for Sultan Khan)
1865 Bil Bahchi Khan
1865 – 1875 Muhammad Khudayar Khan (4th Reign)
1875 Nasruddin Khan (1st Reign)
1875 Muhammad Pulad Beg Khan
1876 Nasruddin Khan (2nd Reign)


See also[edit]

The borders of the Imperial Russian territories of Khiva, Bukhara and Kokand in the time period of 1902-1903.


  1. ^ Roy, p. 3. "...the court language was Persian at Bukhara and Kokand, which at the time was seen as the main cultured language. The idea of associating a territory with an ethnic group defined by language was alien to the political ideas of the Muslims of Central Asia. These populations were, and still are widely intermingled, so that infra-ethnic identitics (tribal, clan, locality, family, etc) were more important in determining loyalties than strictly ethnic origin."
  2. ^ Roy, p. 4, "Persian was the language of civilisation par excellence from Delhi to Samarkand, passing via Lahore and Kabul, and this remained the case until the early twentieth century. The emirates of Kokand and Bukhara had Persian as their official language right up to their dissolution (in 1876 and 1920 respectively)"
  3. ^ History of Civilizations of Central Asia, p. 81.


  1. ^ Grenoble, Lenore (2003). Language Policy of the Soviet Union. Kluwer Academic Publishers. p. 143. ISBN 1-4020-1298-5.
  2. ^ Golden, pp. 114-115.
  3. ^ a b c Starr.
  4. ^ OʻzME.
  5. ^ Howorth, p. 801.
  6. ^ Dubavitski, pp. 31-33.
  7. ^ History of Civilizations of Central Asia.
  8. ^ Zenkovsky, p. 15
  9. ^ Zenkovsky, p. 18
  10. ^ Bosworth, p. 295.
  11. ^ Geiss, pp. 116-117.
  12. ^ Levi, The Rise and Fall of Khoqand, 1709 - 1876, p. XIX.


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