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Irbis Shekui Khagan (full title: Yǐpíshèkuìkĕhàn 乙毗射匮可汗) (r. 642–651) was the next-to-last ruler of the Western Turkic Khaganate.

Irbis Shegui Qaghan
乙毗射匮可汗
Ninth Qaghan of the Western Turkic Khaganate
Reign642-650
PredecessorIrbis Ishbara Yabgu Qaghan (in south)
Yukuk Shad (in north)
SuccessorAshina Helu
Died650
HouseAshina
FatherEl Kulug Shad

He was linked to the Nushibi faction and was son of El Kulug Shad.

ReignEdit

In 642, he overthrew Yukuk Shad (r. 638–642) with support from the expanding Tang dynasty Chinese. Although Yukuk Shad was still active and controlling a part of the territory, Irbis Shekui had the support of Nushibi (western) tribes. During the early years of his reign the rivalry between the Nushibi and Dulu factions cooled off.

In 646, he sought a Chinese princess for his bride. In return, Emperor Taizong of Tang demanded the return of several Tarim Basin cities. When this was refused the Chinese invaded the Tarim. Two years later several Dulu leaders took refuge in China. With them the khaganate also lost Dzungaria to China.

Later in his reign, Ashina Helu rebelled against him in 646, but was defeated. In 651 he was overthrown by Ashina Helu who was supported by the Dulu faction and Tang China now.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ L.M.Gümilev :Eski Türkler, tr:Ahsen Batur, Selenge yayınları, İstanbul, 2002, ISBN 975-7856-39-8, OCLC 52822672, pp. 275–276, 296–299
Irbis Seguy
Preceded by
Yukuk Shad
Khagan of the Western Turkic Khaganate
642–651
Succeeded by
Hallig