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With the aim of shedding light on the inner organisation of saintly lineages of the Fergana Valley under the Khanate of Kokand, the author of a family of descendants of Afaq Khwaja through the locally famous seventeenth-century Mujaddidi shaykh ‘Abd-Allah Khan, established in the city of Marghilan.  Based on written materials discovered during an personal expedition in 2003 (including family trees and a yet unknown hagiography, the Rawzat al-ansab about a certain Wali Khan Tura b. Padishah Khan Tura), the article also evokes the numerous holy graves associated with ancestors or descendents of Wali Khan Tura in the southern part of the Fergana Valley—like that of Sultan Khan Tura, the pir of Dukchi Ishan, the leader of the 1898 revolt in Andijan.  As a conclusion, the author stresses the prominent social and political role played in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by descendants of Afaq Khwaja not only in Xinjiang, but also west of the Tian Shan.

The Redaction
CER: I-3.4.B-269