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, preferable to Ḳus̲h̲-Begi , title of high officials in the Central Asian khanates in the 16th to 19th centuries. There are two different etymologies and explanations of the term: (1) from Turkish ḳus̲h̲ “bird” and beg [q.v.], thus ḳus̲h̲-begi meaning, presumably, “commander of falconers”; (2) from Turkish ḳos̲h̲ “detachment of nomads or troops, esp. on the march”, “nomadic and military camp” (cf. Radloff, Wörterbuch , ii, 635b), thus ḳos̲h̲begi meaning “commander of the [royal] camp”, “quartermaster”. The first explanation is found in an administrative manual Mad̲j̲māʿ al-arḳām

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Bregel, Yu., “Ḳos̲h̲-Begi”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 18 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4439>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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