Kotrag

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Kotrag
Reign660 - around 700
Diedaround 700
HouseDulo
FatherKubrat

Kotrag was according to Nikephoros I of Constantinople a "son" of Kubrat of the Dulo clan of Bulgars. The Chronicle of Michael the Great calls him Kazarig.[1] Following the death of his father, he began to extend the influence of his Bulgars to the Volga River. He is remembered as the founder of Volga Bulgaria.[2][3][4]

Honour[edit]

Kotrag Nunatak on Greenwich Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica is named after Kotrag.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Three Scythian Brothers: an Extract from the Chronicle of Michael the Great | Mark Dickens". Academia.edu. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  2. ^ Mercia MacDermott, Bulgarian Folk Customs, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 1998, ISBN 1853024856, p. 20.
  3. ^ "Bulgar | people". Encyclopedia Britannica. Archived from the original on 2018-09-04. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  4. ^ "BULGARIAN HELSINKI COMMITTEE" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2018-09-04. Retrieved 2018-09-04. After the death of Kubrat, however, the newly founded and still unstable state collapsed and the Bulgar tribes started a new diaspora. Part of them settled permanently on the territories of the former Great Bulgaria; others, under the leadership of Kubrat's son Kotrag, headed northward and established themselves in the area of the Volga River. Available historical data points out that in X century the Kotragian Bulgars adopted Islam as their religion while preserving their Turkic language.
  5. ^ "Kotrag Nunatak". SCAR Composite Gazetteer. Archived from the original on 2018-09-04. Retrieved 2018-09-04. Named after Khan Kotrag, founder of the Kingdom of Volga Bulgaria in the 7th Century AD.