Bedir Khan
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Bedir Khan
The Bedir Khan family in the generation after Bedir Khan Beg

Bedir Khan Beg (Kurmanji: Bedirxan Beg, Turkish: Bedirhan Bey; 1803-1868) was the last Kurdish Mîr and mutesellim of the Emirate of Botan.[1]

An ethnic Kurd, he was born in Cizre (now in Turkey). He became the Mir of the Emirate of Botan in 1835 and again in 1847.[1] He began to lose his power due to the centralist policies of the Ottoman Empire, which culminated in the Tanzimat Edict of 1839 and its application the following year. Following the Battle of Nizip in 1839, in which Bedir Khan took part for the Ottoman side,[2] he emerged as the dominant Kurdish ruler in central Kurdistan.[3] He raised taxes, minted his own coins and organized the justice system.[4]

Bedir Khan Beg was repeatedly responsible for massacres of the Yazidis. For example, in 1844 in the Tur Abdin mountains.[5] In 1832, thousands of Yazidis were killed in the Shekhan area by Bedir Khan Beg in cooperation with the Kurdish Soran prince Mohammed Pasha Rawanduz.[6][7] Bedir Khan Beg's goal was to force the Yazidis to convert to Islam.[8]

After allying himself with Khan Mahmoud of Müküs and Nurallah Bey of Hakkari in 1840,[4] Bedir Khan was encouraged to enter in conflict with the local Assyrian population, and he perpetrated massacres amongst them in 1843 and 1846.[4] In 1842, the Ottomans attempted to divide Bedir Khan's territories by switching the administrative jurisdiction of Cizre from Diyarbekir to Mosul.[3]

Pressure from the European Powers to stop the massacres of Christians led to Ottoman forces invading his territories in 1846-7, with Omer Pasha's 12,000 strong Ottoman force defeating the Kurdish army in the field near Zeitun, Czîra botan .[9] Bedir Khan was deported to Crete in 1850.[10]


The brothers Celadet Bedir Khan and Kamuran Alî Bedirxan are the grandchildren of Bedir Khan Beg.

See also


  1. ^ a b Jongerden, Joost (2012). Jorngerden, Joost; Verheij, Jelle (eds.). Social Relations in Ottoman Diyarbekir, 1870-1915. Brill. p. 60. ISBN 9789004225183.
  2. ^ Aydin, Suavi; Verheij, Jelle (2012). Jongerden, Joost; Verheij, Jelle (eds.). Social Relations in Ottoman Diyarbekir, 1870-1915. Brill. pp. 34-35. ISBN 9789004225183.
  3. ^ a b "History of the Kurds - The Kurdistan Memory Programme". Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b c Aydin, Suavi; Verheij, Jelle (2012). Jongerden, Joost; Verheij, Jelle (eds.). Social Relations in Ottoman Diyarbekir, 1870-1915. Brill. p. 36. ISBN 9789004225183.
  5. ^ Tagay, Sefik; Ortac, Serhat. "Die Eziden und das Ezidentum - Geschichte und Gegenwart einer vom Untergang bedrohten Religion" (PDF) (in German). p. 50.
  6. ^ Acikyildiz, Birgul (2014-08-20). The Yezidis: The History of a Community, Culture and Religion. I.B.Tauris. ISBN 9781784532161.
  7. ^ Jwaideh, Wadie (2006-06-19). Kurdish National Movement: Its Origins and Development. Syracuse University Press. ISBN 9780815630937.
  8. ^ King, Diane E. (2013-12-31). Kurdistan on the Global Stage: Kinship, Land, and Community in Iraq. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 9780813563541.
  9. ^ Reid, James J. (2000). Crisis of the Ottoman Empire: Prelude to Collapse 1839-1878. Franz Steiner Verlag. ISBN 9783515076876.
  10. ^ Gaunt, D; Be?-?awoce, J (2006), Massacres, resistance, protectors: Muslim-Christian relations in Eastern Anatolia during World War I, Gorgias Press LLC, p. 32, ISBN 978-1-59333-301-0

Further reading

  • Mehmet Alagöz, Old Habits Die Hard, A Reaction to the Application of Tanzimat Edict: Bedirhan Bey's Revolt, MA Thesis, Bo?aziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2003
  • Martin van Bruinessen, Agha, shaikh, and state : the social and political structures of Kurdistan
  • Nazmi Sevgen, Do?u ve Güneydo?u Anadolu'da Türk beylikleri: Osmanl? belgeleri ile Kürt Türkleri tarihi

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