Buqa Chīngsāng: Protagonist of Qubilai Khan’s Unsuccessful Coup Attempt against the Hülegüid Dynasty
Ankara University, Faculty of Languages, History and Geography, Department of History
Keywords: Qubilai Khan, Aḥmad Tegüder, Ilkhan Arghun, Amīr Buqa, Ilkhanid Empire, ching-sang
The study examines the coup attempt orchestrated by Qubilai Khan (1260-94), who desired to re-establish the 'Yeke Mongol Ulus' and to unify the separated Mongol khanates under the authority of the Yuan Empire. The coup was mounted against the Ilkhan Arghun (1284-91), who was the ruler of the Mongols in Iran, who had been showing signs of separation from the central administration since the time of Aḥmad Tegüder (1282-84). The protagonist of the unsuccessful coup was Amīr Buqa, a loyal commander of the Great Khanate. The article investigates the process, historical background and the results of the attempt in the light of the contemporary sources and the modern studies.