Bagha Qaghan

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Baga Kagan
Kagan of the Turkic Kaganate
Reign 587–589
House Ashina

Bagha Qaghan was the seventh ruler (587–589) of the Turkic Kaganate.[1] He may have been [2] the 'great kaghan' that was killed with an arrow by Persian commander Bahrām Chobin during First Perso-Turkic War. He is given as Čulohóu in Chinese records, and as Šāwa, Sāva, or Sāba in Sasanian-based sources.[3]

Bagha Qaghan
Preceded by
Ishbara Kagan
Kagan of the Turkic Kaganate
Succeeded by
Tulan Kagan


  1. ^ Bauer, Susan Wise (2010). The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade. W. W. Norton & Company. p. 238. ISBN 978-0-393-05975-5. 
  2. ^ Iranica.Bahram says 'great kaqan' without giving a name. Baumer,,2,pp99,174 says 'may have been' citing Al-Tabari who said 'highest kaghan'. Chavannes guessed 'Sogdian sub-king'. Litvinsky,,iii,369 has "Ch'u-lo". Sinor,,306 has 'Ni-li' (sic), following Sebeos who said 'Great King of the Turks'. The problem is to explain why the ruler of Mongolia would leave his realm to fight in Afghanistan.
  3. ^ Shahbazi, A. Sh. "BAHRĀM (2) , (Section vii. Bahrām VI Čōbīn)". Encyclopædia Iranica. Retrieved 2011-06-25.