This short notice provides a detailed biographical account on the ruler of Kashghar from 1865 to 1877—from his origins in a religious family coming from Qarategin to the beginning of his military career during the Russian advance through Central Asia, and to his short rule over Eastern Turkistan.  One half of the notice is devoted to an evocation of Ya‘qub Beg’s as a talented administrator through British and Russian sources, as an intolerant adventurer in the Chinese viewpoint, as a proponent of Muslim unity in Ottoman documents, as an alien ruler in the writings of some local chroniclers.  The author also insists on Ya‘qub Beg’s exclusive trust of his kin from Kokand, and on the ruler’s resorting to diplomatic means for achieving recognition.

The Redaction
CER: I-3.5.C-347