List of Turkic dynasties and countries
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The following is a list of dynasties, states, or empires that are either Turkic-speaking, of Turkic origins, or both. Currently, there are six recognised sovereign Turkic states. In addition, there are six federal subjects of Russia where a Turkic language is the majority language and five where Turkic languages are a minority. Crimea, a territory disputed between Ukraine and Russia, also has an indigenous minority of Turkic language speakers. Throughout history, numerous Turkic confederations, dynasties, and empires have existed across Eurasia and North Africa.
Contemporary entities with at least one Turkic language recognised as official
Current independent states
|Name||Year of Independence|
|Turkey||1923||2016 – 70–75% Turkish|
|Azerbaijan||1991||2009 – 91.6% Azerbaijani, 0.4% Meskhetian Turk, 0.3% Tatar|
|Kazakhstan||1991||2020 – 68.5% Kazakh, 3.93% Uzbek, 1.5% Uyghur, 1.1% Tatar, 0.6% Meskhetian Turk, 0.6% Azerbaijani|
|Kyrgyzstan||1991||2021 – 73.8% Kyrgyz, 14.8% Uzbek, 0.9% Uyghur, 0.7% Meskhetian Turk, 0.6% Kazakh, 0.4% Tatar, 0.3% Azerbaijani|
|Turkmenistan||1991||2012 – 85.6% Turkmen, 5.8% Uzbek, 0.4% Kazakh|
|Uzbekistan||1991||2017 – 83.7% Uzbek, 2.5% Kazakh, 2.2% Karakalpak, 0.9% Kyrgyz, 0.6% Tatar, 0.6% Turkmen|
De facto states
Recognised only by Turkey.
|Name||Year of Independence|
|Northern Cyprus||1983||2006 – 99.2% Turkish|
Federal subjects (Republics) of Russia
|Federal subjects with Turkic majority or plurality|
|Bashkortostan||57.3%||2021 – 31% Bashkir, 23.8% Tatar, 2% Chuvash, 0.5% other Turkic peoples|
|Chuvashia||60.4%||2021 – 57.7% Chuvash, 2.5% Tatar, 0.2% other Turkic peoples|
|Tatarstan||56.2%||2021 – 53% Tatar, 2.3% Chuvash, 0.3% Bashkir, 0.8% other Turkic peoples|
|Tuva||85.7%||2021 – 85.2% Tuvan, 0.5% other Turkic peoples|
|Sakha Republic||49.8%||2021 – 47.1% Yakut, 1.1% Kyrgyz, 0.4% Tatar, 0.4% Uzbek, 0.8% other Turkic peoples|
|Karachay-Cherkessia||48.5%||2021 – 43.8% Karachay, 3.7% Nogai, 1% other Turkic peoples|
|Federal subjects with Turkic minority|
|Altai||44.7%||2021 – 38.1% Altai, 6% Kazakh, 0.6% other Turkic peoples|
|Dagestan||20.6%||2021 – 15.6% Kumyk, 3.7% Azerbaijani, 1.2% Nogai, 0.1% other Turkic peoples|
|Kabardino-Balkaria||15.9%||2021 – 13.7% Balkar, 1.9% Turkish, 0.7% other Turkic peoples|
|Crimea||14.9%||2021 – 13% Crimean Tatar, 1.5% Tatar, 0.4% other Turkic peoples|
|Khakassia||12.1%||2021 – 10.3% Khakas, 0.4% Tuvans, 0.3% Tatar, 0.3% Shors, 0.8% other Turkic peoples|
|Gagauzia in Moldova||83.8%||2014 – 83.8% Gagauz|
|Karakalpakstan in Uzbekistan||98.2%||2021 – 40.4% Uzbek, 37% Karakalpak, 15.4% Kazakh, 5.4% Turkmen|
|Nakhchivan in Azerbaijan||99.6%||2009 – 99.6% Azerbaijani|
|Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region||59.1%||2018 – 51.2% Uyghur, 6.9% Kazakh, 0.9% Kyrgyz|
|↪ Kizilsu Kyrgyz Autonomous Prefecture||92.54%||2018 – 66.2% Uyghur, 26.24% Kyrgyz|
|↪ Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture||45.9%||2018 – 27.2% Kazakh, 18% Uyghur|
|↪ Barköl Kazakh Autonomous County||36.5%||2018 – 36.3% Kazakh, 0.2% Uyghur|
|↪ Mori Kazakh Autonomous County||36.7%||2018 – 29.3% Kazakh, 6.1% Uyghur|
|Xunhua Salar Autonomous County||61.1%||2000 – 61.1% Salar|
|Jishishan Bonan, Dongxiang and Salar Autonomous County||~5.8%||2010 – 5.8% Salar|
|Sunan Yugur Autonomous County||25%||1996 – 25% Yugur|
|Aksay Kazakh Autonomous County||41.3%||2005 – 41.3% Kazakh|
Historical Turkic confederations, dynasties, and states
- Ashina (First Turkic Khaganate, Western Turkic Khaganate, Eastern Turkic Khaganate, Khazars, Nushibi, Second Turkic Khaganate)
- Ashide (Empress clan of Second Turkic Khaganate)
- Yaglakar (Uyghur Khaganate, Ganzhou Uyghur Kingdom)
- Ädiz (Uyghur Khaganate)
- Dulo clan (Volga Bulgaria)
- Bulanid (Khazars)
- House of Aba
- House of Basarab
- Osman (Ottoman Empire)
- Bahri (Mamluk Sultanate)
- Sarkar (Shirvan Khanate)
- Javanshir (Karabakh Khanate)
- Terterids (Second Bulgarian Empire)
- House of Shishman
- House of Seljuq (Seljuk Empire, Sultanate of Rum, Kerman Seljuk Sultanate)
|First Turkic Khaganate||Founded by Bumin Qaghan after breaking away from Rouran Khaganate.||552–603||Otuken|
|Western Turkic Khaganate||581–742||Navekat and Suyab|
|Eastern Turkic Khaganate||581–630
|Kangar union||659–750||Located in Ulytau|
|Second Turkic Khaganate||Founded by Ilterish Qaghan. It was preceded by the First Turkic Khaganate (552–630) and then a period of Tang rule (630–682).||682–744||Otuken|
|Türgesh||Türgesh were a Turkic tribal confederation of Dulu Turks believed to have descended from the Turuhe tribe situated along the banks of the Tuul River. They emerged as an independent power after the demise of the Western Turkic Khaganate and established a khaganate in 699. The Turgesh Khaganate lasted until 766 when the Karluks defeated them.||699–766||Balasagun|
|Kimek–Kipchak confederation||743–1220||Khagan-Kimek Imekia|
|Uyghur Khaganate||744–848||Ordu Baliq|
|Oghuz Yabgu State||750–1055||Yangikent|
|Karluk Yabgu State||756–940||Suyab later Balasagun|
|Kara-Khanid Khanate||840–1212||Balasagun, Kashgar, Samarkand|
|Yenisei Kyrgyz Khaganate||840–1207|
|Kingdom of Qocho||856–1335||Gaochang, Beshbalik|
|Ganzhou Uyghur Kingdom||894–1036||Zhangye|
|Yettishar||A short lived emirate in Kashgar region.||1865–1877||Kashgar|
|Khazar Empire||The Khazars were a semi-nomadic Turkic people, who created what for its duration was the most powerful polity to emerge from the break-up of the Western Turkic Kaganate.||6th–11th century||Balanjar 650–720 ca., Samandar (city) 720s–750, Atil 750-ca.965–969|
|Great Bulgaria||632–668||Phanagoria 632–665|
|First Bulgarian Empire||Tengrist Turkic pre-Christianization; became Slavic post-Christianization||681–1018||Pliska 681–893, Preslav 893–972, Skopje 972–992, Ohrid 992–1018|
|Volga Bulgaria||Volga Bulgaria was a historic Bulgar state that existed around the confluence of the Volga and Kama River||7th century–1240s||Bolghar, Bilär|
Middle East and North Africa
|Tulunids||The Tulunids were a dynasty of Turkic origin and were the first independent dynasty to rule Islamic Egypt, as well as much of Syria.||868–905||Al-Qata'i|
|Ikhshidid dynasty||Founded by a Turkic slave soldier, was appointed governor by the Abbasid Caliph.||935–969||Fustat|
|Anatolian Beyliks||11th–16th century||Many such as Karaman, Sinop, Adana, Alanya, Kahramanmaraş|
|Eldiguzids||ca.1135–1225||Nakhchivan, Hamadan, Tabriz|
|Ottoman Empire||Also known as the Turkish Empire, Ottoman Turkey or Turkey, was an empire founded in 1299 by Oghuz Turks under Osman I in northwestern Anatolia||1299–1923||Söğüt (1299–1335), Bursa (1335–1413), Edirne (1413–1453), Istanbul (1453–1922)|
|Qara Qoyunlu||Kara Koyunlu was a Turkmen tribal federation.||1375–1468||Tabriz|
|Aq Qoyunlu||Aq Qoyunlu was an tribal federation from Bayandur clan of the Oghuz Turks||1378–1501||Diyarbakır (1453–1468), Tabriz (1468–6 January 1478)|
|Zengid dynasty||Dynasty of Oghuz Turk origin.||1127–1250||Aleppo|
|Bahri dynasty||The first half of the Mamluk Sultanate was dominated by the Kipchak Turkic Bahri dynasty, after the Mongol conquest of the Kipchak steppes.||1250–1389||Cairo|
|Assaf dynasty||Controlled region between Beirut and Byblos||1306–1591||Ghazir|
|Afsharid dynasty||Dynasty of Oghuz Turkic origin||1736–1796||Mashhad|
|Qajar dynasty||Dynasty of Oghuz Turkic origin||1789–1925||Tehran|
|Karamanli dynasty||The Karamanli dynasty was an independent or quasi-independent, who ruled from 1711 to 1835 in Tripolitania (Tripoli and its surroundings in present-day Libya). At their peak, the Karamanlis' influence reached Cyrenaica and Fezzan, covering most of Libya. The founder of the dynasty was Pasha Ahmed Karamanli, a descendant of the Karamanids.||1711–1835||Tripoli|
|Khalji dynasty of Bengal||A Turko-Afghan dynasty||1204–1231||Lakhnauti|
|Mamluk dynasty||Mamluk Dynasty was directed into Northern India by Qutb al-Din Aibak, a Turkic Mamluk slave general from Central Asia. The Mamluk Dynasty ruled from 1206 to 1290.||1206–1290||Lahore (1206–1210), Delhi (1210–1290)|
|Qarlughid dynasty||1224–1266||Ghazna, Binban|
|Khalji dynasty||A Turko-Afghan dynasty||1290–1320||Delhi|
|Qutb Shahi dynasty||1518–1687||Golconda (1519–1591), Hyderabad (1591–1687)|
Sinicized Turkic dynasties
The Shatuo Turks founded several sinicized dynasties in northern China during the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period. The official language of these dynasties was Chinese and they used Chinese titles and names.
|Great Yan||General An Lushan rebelled against Tang dynasty||756–763||Luoyang (756–757), Yecheng (757–759), Fanyang (759), Luoyang (759–762)|
|Later Tang||923–936||Daming (923), Luoyang (923–936)|
|Later Jin||The Later Jin founder, Shi Jingtang, claimed patrilineal Han Chinese ancestry.||936–947||Taiyuan (936), Luoyang (937), Kaifeng (937–947)|
|Later Han||Sources conflict as to the origin of the Later Han and Northern Han Emperors; some indicate Shatuo ancestry while another claims that the Emperors claimed patrilineal Han Chinese ancestry.||947–951||Kaifeng|
|Northern Han||Same family as Later Han. Sources conflict as to the origin of the Later Han and Northern Han Emperors; some indicate Shatuo ancestry while another claims that the Emperors claimed patrilineal Han Chinese ancestry.||951–979||Taiyuan|
The Turco-Persian tradition was an Islamic tradition of the interpretation of literary forms, practiced and patronized by Turkic rulers and speakers. Many Turko-Persian states were founded in modern-day Eastern Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
|Ghaznavid Empire||Ruled by a thoroughly Persianized family of Turkic mamluk origin||962–1186||Ghazna (977–1163), Lahore (1163–1186)|
|Seljuk Empire||Ruled by Qiniq branch of Oghuz Turks.||1037–1194||Nishapur (1037–1043), Ray (1043–1051), Isfahan (1051–1118), Hamadan (Western capital, 1118–1194) Merv (Eastern capital, 1118–1153)|
|Kerman Seljuk Sultanate||1041–1187||Kerman|
|Sultanate of Rum||Persianized Oghuz Turkic dynasty||1077–1307||Nicaea (1077–1096), Iconium (1096–1308), Sebastia (1211–1220)|
|Khwarazmian dynasty||Ruled by a family of Turkic mamluk origin.||1077–1231/1256||Gurganj (1077–1212), Samarkand (1212–1220), Ghazna (1220–1221), Tabriz (1225–1231)|
Turco-Mongol is a term describing the synthesis of Mongol and Turkic cultures by several states of Mongol origin throughout Eurasia. These states adopted Turkic languages, either among the populace or among the elite, and converted to Islam, but retained Mongol political and legal institutions.
|Tatar confederation||8th century-1202|
|Chagatai Khanate||1225–1340s||Almaliq, Qarshi|
|Golden Horde||1240s–1502||Sarai Batu||Founded as an appanage of the Mongol Empire, the Golden Horde gradually became Turkicized after the Empire's fragmentation|
|Jalayirid Sultanate||1335–1432||Baghdad (1335–1358; 1388–1411) Tabriz (1358–1388), Basra (1411–1432)||Turkicized and Turkic-speaking Mongol Jalayir dynasty|
|Mughal Empire||1526–1857||Agra 1526–1571, Fatehpur Sikri 1571–1585, Lahore 1585–1598, Agra 1598–1648, Shahjahanabad/Delhi 1648–1857||Founded by Turco-Mongol ruler Babur, adopted the Persian language in later periods.|
|Timurid Empire||1370–1506||Samarkand 1370–1505, Herat 1505–1507||Belonging to Barlas were a Mongol and later Turkicized nomadic confederation in Central Asia.|
|Khanate of Kazan||1438–1552||Kazan|
|Crimean Khanate||1441–1783||Bakhchisaray||Crimean Khanate was established by Hacı I Giray, a descendant of Toqa Temür, thirteenth son of Jochi and grandson of Genghis Khan.|
|Nogai Khanate||1440s–1634||Saray-Jük||Founded by Nogay Khan, a direct descendant of Genghis Khan through Jochi, formed an army of the Manghits joined by numerous Turkic tribes. A century later the Nogays were led by Edigu, a commander of Manghit paternal origin and Jochid maternal origin.|
|Kazakh Khanate||1456–1847||Turkistan||Founded by Kerei Khan and Janibek Khan, descendants of the thirteenth son of Jochi, Toqa Timur.|
|1490–1598||Tyumen until 1493, Qashliq from 1493|
|Khanate of Bukhara||1500–1785||Bukhara|
|Khanate of Khiva||Yadigarids: 1511–1804 Qungrats 1804–1920||Khiva|
|Lesser Nogai Horde||1449 or 1557–1783||Voli Sarai|
|Budjak Horde||17th century–18th century|
|Khanate of Kokand||1709–1876||Kokand|
|Emirate of Bukhara||1785–1920||Bukhara|
The following list is only of vassal khanates of Turkic origin, which were ruled by of another descent peoples.
|Qasim Khanate||Turco-Mongol state||1452–1681||Kasimov|
|Kumul Khanate||Turco-Mongol state||1696–1930||Hami City|
Former Provisional Governments and Republics
|Provisional Government of Western Thrace later Independent Government of Western Thrace||Republic of Western Thrace was a small, short-lived partially recognised republic established in Western Thrace from August 31 to October 25, 1913. It encompassed the area surrounded by the rivers Maritsa (Evros) in the east, Mesta (Nestos) in the west, the Rhodope Mountains in the north and the Aegean Sea in the south. Its total territory was c. 8.600 km2.||1913||Komotini|
|Crimean People's Republic||Crimean People's Republic existed from December 1917 to January 1918 in Crimea. Crimean People's Republic was the first Turkic and Muslim democratic republic in the history.||1917–1918||Bakhchysarai|
|Alash Autonomy||A provisional autonomous Kazakh-Kyrgyz administration. Later integrated into Soviet Union under Turkestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic umbrella.||1917–1920||Semey|
|Karakorum-Altai Government or Confederated Republic of Altai||1918–1922|
|Republic of Aras||1918–1919||Nakhchivan (city)|
|Provisional National Government of the Southwestern Caucasus||1918–1919||Kars|
|Azerbaijan Democratic Republic||1918–1920||Ganja, Azerbaijan until Sep 1918, Baku|
|Government of the Grand National Assembly||Government of the Grand National Assembly, also called Ankara Government was a provisional and revolutionary Turkish government based in Ankara during the Turkish War of Independence. It was succeeded by Turkey after the Treaty of Lausanne.||1920–1923||Ankara|
|People's Republic of Tannu Tuva||1921–1944||Kyzyl|
|First East Turkestan Republic||First East Turkestan Republic was a short-lived breakaway would-be Islamic republic founded in 1933. It was centered on the city of Kashgar in what is today the People's Republic of China-administered Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.||1933–1934||Kashgar|
|Republic of Hatay||Hatay State, also known informally as the Republic of Hatay, was a transitional political entity that existed from September 7, 1938, to June 29, 1939, in the territory of the Sanjak of Alexandretta of the French Mandate of Syria. The state was transformed de jure into the Hatay Province of Turkey on July 7, 1939, de facto joining the country on July 23, 1939.||1938–1939||Antakya|
|East Turkistan Republic||1944–1949||Ghulja|
|Azerbaijan People's Government||Established in Iranian Azerbaijan, the APG's capital was the city of Tabriz. Its establishment and demise were a part of the Iran crisis, which was a precursor to the Cold War.||1945–1946||Tabriz|
|Turkish Cypriot General Committee||1963–1967||Nicosia|
|Provisional Cypriot Turkish Administration||1967–1974||Nicosia|
|Autonomous Turkish Cypriot Administration||1974–1975||Nicosia|
|Turkish Federated State of Cyprus||Was declared in 1975 and existing until 1983. It was not recognised by the international community. It was succeeded by the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.||1975–1983||Nicosia|
|Khorezm People's Soviet Republic||1920–1924||Khiva|
|Bukharan People's Soviet Republic||1920–1924||Bukhara|
|Uzbek SSR||1924–1991||Samarkand 1924–1930, Tashkent 1930–1991|
Autonomous Soviet Republics
Autonomous oblasts of the Soviet Union
|Chuvash Autonomous Oblast||1920–1925||Cheboksary|
|Kabardino-Balkar Autonomous Oblast||1921–1936||Nalchik|
|Karachay-Cherkess Autonomous Oblast||1922–1926||Cherkessk|
|Gorno-Altai Autonomous Oblast||1922–1991|
|Kara-Kirghiz Autonomous Oblast||1924–1936||Bishkek|
|Karakalpak Autonomous Oblast||1925–1932||To‘rtko‘l|
|Karachay Autonomous Oblast||1926–1957||Mikoyan Shakhar|
|Khakassian Autonomous Oblast||1930–1992|
|Tuvan Autonomous Oblast||1944–1961||Kyzyl|
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