Ali Arslan Khan

Ali Arslan Khan, Ali ibn Musa was the seventh ruler of the Karakhanids. He was the founder of the Alid line of the Karakhanids.[1]

Ali Arslan Khan
Khagan of Karakhanids
PredecessorSuleyman Arslan Khan
SuccessorAhmad Toghan Khan
Ordam Padishah, Yengisar 38°54′52″N 76°39′24″E / 38.9144°N 76.6567°E / 38.9144; 76.6567Coordinates: 38°54′52″N 76°39′24″E / 38.9144°N 76.6567°E / 38.9144; 76.6567
HouseKarakhanid dynasty
FatherMusa Baytash Khan

Almost nothing is known about his reign except his unsuccessful raid into the Kingdom of Khotan in 998.[2] His tomb is located in Ordam Padishah, Yengishahar[2] and was an important mazar shrine and pilgrim site.[3] In September 2020, a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on Chinese oppression against the Uyghurs' religious practices stated that the site had been completely destroyed by 2019.[4] Since at least 2000, authorities had prevented mass pilgrimage to the site.[5]

His cousin, Hasan b. Sulayman, gradually became independent of him during his reign.


He had at least five sons: Nasr Khan, Ahmad Toghan Khan, Mansur Arslan Khan, Muhammad and Jafar Tegin.


  1. ^ "ILAK-KHANIDS – Encyclopaedia Iranica". Retrieved 2019-10-22.
  2. ^ a b Bellér-Hann, Ildikó (2007). Situating the Uyghurs Between China and Central Asia. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 152. ISBN 9780754670414.
  3. ^ Shrine Pilgrimage among the Uighurs, Rahilä Dawut, Xinjiang University
  4. ^ Davidson, Helen (25 September 2020). "Thousands of Xinjiang mosques destroyed or damaged, report finds". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  5. ^ Thum, Rian (24 August 2020). "The Spatial Cleansing of Xinjiang: Mazar Desecration in Context". Made in China Journal. Retrieved 26 September 2020.