Shir Ali Khan (Kokand)

Shir Ali Khan was the Khan of Kokand from June 1842 to 1845. He was the father of Muhammad Khudayar Khan and Muhammad Malla Beg Khan, and a cousin of Umar Khan and Alim Khan. After a popular revolt against the Bukhari occupation of Kokand, Nasrullah Khan and the puppet governor he installed, Ibrahim-Dadhoh was expelled to Khujand. Shir Ali struggled to revive the khanate from the brief but destructive occupation by Bukhari forces. In 1843 he managed to re-annex Tashkent to the khanate and take control of several other portions of land that were once part of the Kokand Khanate.[1][2]

Shir Ali Khan
Khan of Kokand
Reignc. 1842 — 1845
PredecessorMuhammad Ali Khan
SuccessorMurad Beg Khan
Bornc. 1792
Diedc. 1845
ReligionSunni Islam

In 1845 Shir Ali was executed in Osh in a conspiracy led by the mingbashi Musulmonqul to overthrow him out of the belief that Krygyz Kipchaks had grown too powerful. Alim Khan's son Murad Beg killed Shir Alu and was briefly declared khan but soon overthrown because he was perceived as a puppet of Bukhara by the people of Kokand.[3]


  1. ^ Bosworth, C. E. The New Islamic Dynasties: a chronological and genealogical manual. New York., 1996; p. 295
  2. ^ Dani, Ahmad Hasan; Masson, Vadim Mikhaĭlovich; Unesco (2003-01-01). History of Civilizations of Central Asia: Development in contrast : from the sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth century. UNESCO. ISBN 9789231038761.
  3. ^ Starr, S. Frederick (2014-12-18). Ferghana Valley: The Heart of Central Asia. Routledge. ISBN 9781317470663.