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From political vagabond to potentate: The career of Sultan-Husain Bayqara

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Nothing in particular distinguished Sulṭān-Ḥusain Bayqara from the many other Timurid mῑrzās, or princes, who were in constant competition with each other, a competition that became more ardent as the Timurid empire was reduced to a rump centred on the large eastern regions of Khorasan and Transoxiana. The princes often had to undergo a period of political vagabondage, or qazaqliq during which they honed their military skills in raiding expeditions and forged alliances. Sulṭān-Ḥusain Bayqara had to endure three separate periods of qazaqliq, which altogether lasted over a decade, before he finally established himself as the ruler of Khorasan. Yādgār-Muḥammad blames Sulṭān-Ḥusain Bayqara for imposing severe burdens on the people of Khorasan when he first took power in Herat and chastises him for "stretching out the hand of tyranny and carelessness to seize illegally the property of Muslims" in order to assemble his army.

Keywords: Khorasan; political vagabond; potentate; qazaqliq; Sulṭān-Ḥusain Bayqara; Timurid mῑrzās



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