Baurchuk Art Tekin

Baurchuk Art Tekin

Baurchuk Art Tekin (known also as "Idikut Baurchuk", "Idikut Barchuq") was a ruler, with a title of Idikut, of the Buddhist Uyghur kingdom in Beshbalik (near present-day Urumqi), Kara-Khoja (near present-day Turpan, known also as "Idikut"-"Shahri") and Kumul between 1208 and 1235. As a result of his policies, Uyghuria joined the Mongol Empire as its fifth Ulus in 1211.

In 1209, Baurchuk Art Tekin sparked a rebellion against Kara-Khitai Gurkhan, who had forced Uyghurs into paying tribute. He killed Gurkhan's envoy Shaukam and sent an embassy to Genghis Khan, asking for his help and assistance. The Mongol ruler accepted Baurchuk's deputation and pledged his support.

During the following year or two, Baurchuk mounted military expeditions against naimans and killed four sons of their ruler Dayan Khan. After this show of loyalty to Genghis Khan, he was received by the latter in Mongolia (1211), married his daughter Altun Begi and was declared by Genghis Khan to be his fifth son, after Jochi, Chagatay, Ögedei and Tolui.

At September 1219, Baurchuk Art Tekin' joined Genghis Khan in attack against Khwarezmian Empire, personally commanding 10,000 "tuman" troops and taking part in siege of Otrar and Nishapur cities (razed to ground by Mongols). At spring, 1226, he took active part in 2 year Mongol expedition against Tangut Kingdom ( known as "Western Xia" in Chinese chronicles ), led by Genghis Khan himself, and completed in almost full annihilating of Tangut people, who were declared to be responsible in Genghis Khan's death under the walls of besieged Tangut capital , [ Present Yinchuan- the capital of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of People's Republic of China.] in September, 1227 ( as well as in death of Uyghur Ganzhou Kingdom two centuries before, during Uyghur-Tangut war of 1028-1036 years, and mass killings of its inhabitants). Population of Tangut Kingdom was reduced from around 3,000 000 people to less than one hundred thousands, which eventually had been assimilated by other ethnic groups, mostly of Mongolic, Turkic and Tibetan origins.Present Tungan (Hui) people of autonomous Ningxia Region can be considered as far descendants of Tangut people. The name of "Ningxia" on Chinese language has a meaning as "Tranquillized or Quelled Xia".



Kutlukov, M. "Mongol Rule in Eastern Turkestan". Moscow, Nauka, 1970.

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