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Yabg̲h̲u
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(t.) (perhaps also Yavg̲h̲u, the Old Turkish so-called “runic” alphabet not differentiating b and v), an ancient Turkish title, found in the Ork̲h̲on [q.v.] inscriptions to denote an office or rank in the administrative hierarchy below the Kag̲h̲an.

The latter normally conferred it on his close relatives, with the duty of administering part of his dominions. It was thus analogous to the title S̲h̲ad̲h̲, whom the Yabg̲h̲u preceded in the early Türk empire [see turks. I. History. 1. The pre-Islamic period]. It seems to have lost some importance after this time (8th century), …

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Bosworth, C.E., “Yabg̲h̲u”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 March 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7930>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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