Imamkuli-khan the son of Din Muhammad khan (1582-1644) was the third ruler of the Bukhara Khanate, who reigned from 1611 to 1642.
Imamkuli-khan belonged to Ashtarkhanid dynasty. During the reign of Imamkuli Khan, the Bukhara khanate achieved the most significant power for the entire period of its existence. Despite a successful foreign policy, Imamkuli Khan was unable to completely overcome the internal contradictions in the state associated with the separatism of certain Uzbek tribes. In 1615, Imamkuli Khan sent ambassadors to the descendant of Babur, Emperor Jahangir of India. The letter from Imamkuli Khan was accompanied by an additional letter from the descendant of the famous theologian Khoja Hashim Dagbedi. The ambassadors were greeted friendly and Jahangir sent gifts and a poem to Imamkuli Khan, which he composed himself.
During the reign of Imamkuli Khan, a number of famous architectural masterpieces were built, such as the cathedral mosque and Tillya-Kari madrasah, Sherdor madrasah in Samarkand, Nodir-Divan-Begi madrasah in Bukhara and Samarkand, etc.
In the last years of his life, Imamkuli Khan began to see poorly and in 1642 he renounced the throne in favor of his brother Nadir Muhammad (1642-1645) and went on the Hajj. Imamkuli Khan visited the Safavid Shah, where the local artist Mo'en Mosavver painted his portrait.
Imamkuli Khan died in 1644 in Mecca and was buried in Medina.Ijaz bakhri Astrakhan
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