Kutluk Yabgu Khagan

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Kutluk Yabgu Khagan was one of the last rulers of the Second Eastern Turkic Khaganate.

His early years and position in the Asena house is not known. But he was not a descendent of the former khagan. He was a yabgu (high officer) in the Khaganate during the reign of Bilge Kutluk Khagan (also known as Tengri Khagan). Bilge Kutluk Khagan was killed by Pan Kültiğin, one of his shads (governors). However Pan Kültiğin was defeated by Basmyls, a Turkic tribe. During the interregnum after Pan Kültiğin's death, Kutluk Yabgu, enthroned a son of Bilge Khagan as the new Khagan, but soon he changed sides and declared himself as the Khagan in 741.[1]

In 742, the Tang Chinese emperor Xuan Zong organized a secret alliance within the Turkic Khaganate. Basmyls, Uighurs and Karluks, the three Turkic tribes which were not related to the Ashina house revolted against the Khaganate. Kutluk Yabgu was killed. He was succeeded by Özmiş Khagan, the last ruler of the Turkic Khaganate.

Kutluk Yabgu Khagan
Preceded by
Bilge Kutluk Khagan
Khagan of the Second Eastern Turkic Khaganate
Succeeded by
Özmiş Khagan


  1. ^ Ahmet Taşağıl:Göktürkler, AKDTYK yayınları, ISBN 978-975-16-2460-4, p. 357