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Su-lu Khan’s heroic struggle against the army of Islam
When one glances at the map of central Asia one sees Samarqand, Khorezm, Khorasan, Khotan and
Bokhara, all once great centers of Indo-Iranian culture, now civilizational tragedies under the
mushroom cloud of the Islamic terror. The Turkic struggle against Islam is one of the forgotten chapters
of history that needs to be repeatedly brought home. We had earlier seen how the Kha’khans of the
Turkic tribes like the Uighur and Blue Turks had fought various Islamic Ghazis. But one of the most
heroic struggles of the Central Asian Turks against the terrifying atrocities of Islam was due the
Tuergish Turks under their great Khan Su-lu.
In 715 CE the armies of the fierce Chinese general Liu Hsiu-Ching attacked the province of Ferghana
and Khujanda and exterminated the population of the city by systematically decapitating them. This
was the opening of the war between the Chinese, Arabs and Tibetans, in which the Chinese had
asserted their aggressive expansionist intensions in Central Asia. But just then an unexpected factor
enter the picture. The Tuergish Turks who had been feudatories of the great Blue Turk Khans like
Qapaghan Kha’khan and Kuel-tegin were unified and reorganized militarily under Khan Su-lu. He
had unified two divisions known as the Yellow Bone and Black Bone clans. The Arabs called him the
“Father of the strife” as he stood in the path of their great expansion. He sent an embassy to the
Chinese emperor stating that the was a free ruler now who no longer acknowledged Chinese or Blue
Turk rule and that he had organized an army of 200,000 horsemen to challenge their power if required.
The Chinese emperor to avoid a sending a new army westwards, accepted their independence. In 717
CE Su-lu declared himself Kha’Khan of the Turks and began espionage operations in Chinese territory.
The Arabs under the Kalif Umar bin Abd al-Aziz sent a message to all central Asian territories under
the Arab control or their neighbors that all Kafirs should forthwith forfeit their foreskins or else they will
be killed. Those who had accepted Dhimmi status by paying up Jaziya will be further tormented unless
they accepted Islam when they would freed of all these disadvantages. The neighbors who would not
submit to Islam were threatened with immediate Jihad. This clearly shows that the Moslems were
primarily aiming to force Islam on the people, not just raid them for monetary gains. The Arabs sent
bands of Islamists under Abdullah al Hanafi to subvert the Tibetans and spread Islam in their midst
and another Arab army attacked the Uch-Turfan. This latter army was beaten back by the Qarluq
Turks and forced to retreat. At the same time Su-lu led his hordes to seize the major central Asian
outpost of the Chinese, Suyab. The pagan Indianized inhabitants of Central Asia- Turks and Iranians,
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When the Kalif died in Arabia. The Mullahs declared that the apostates must be brutally done to death and incited a huge ghazi army to attack Sogdiana. brutally murdered them and then 7000 of their followers. which greatly distinguished itself in the subsequent battles against the Moslems. The Moslem general immediately opened negotiations to reach a settlement. Next day at dawn the Moslem ambassador was woken up and asked to ride with the Khan to a mountain top in a forested zone in his territory. he collected a major army of Turks under his general Kuel Chur and dispatched him to support the Kafirs against the Army of Islam. The Arabs fell in to ambush when from the side suddenly a hail of arrows rained on them destroying the army of Islam. the Turkic chiefs and a local Hindu chief named Devasti renounced Islam and drove out all Mullahs and Fuckihs operating in their territory. The territory upto the fortified Samarqand was liberated of Moslem terror by the action of Khan Su-lu by the end of 721 CE. http://manasataramgini. Seeing the Moslem storm on the horizon the Zoroastrian chiefs Kaarzang and Jalang. Instead Su-lu came to their aid. Su-lu organized them into a special corps. The message was clear. Knowning that there was not much of a chance the they entered battle with the Jihadis in 722AD. the Bauddha Turk Kasshin and the Hindu chief Devasti decided to defend from the fort of Khujanda.1446 for a poetic account for the massacres). though the Khan had not opened his mouth. In 719 the Arab raiders entered Sogdiana and forcibly converted several Bauddha Turkic chiefs of the province to Islam under swordpoint. hand over the idols of deities and the survivors of the Khujanda massacre or face war. He immediately unfurled a flag and immediately 10. They soon spread the word that people who had been forced into the terrible delusion of the Arabs should forsake it and return to the dharma.000 men fully armed cased in armor came out assembled with their horses. Thus the Moslems faced their first major defeat against the pagan Turks and the Moslem Dayis were rounded up and put to death. Several survivors among Devasti’s. The Tuergish general then laid the classical Turk-Mongol trap for the main Arab army using the feigned retreat. The unsupecting chiefs came down for the negotiations and as they were taking place. Khan Su-lu was sent an ambassador by the Moslems with the message: convert to Islam. al-Harashi gave the signal to his Mujahids to kill the Kafirs. The merchants with them were captured and tortured till they gave up all their possessions.8/8/2014 Su-lu Khan’s heroic struggle against the army of Islam | mAnasa-taraMgiNI as well as surviving Zoroasterians and Sogdhians were alarmed at the Arab call for conversion to Islam and the threat of Jihad and turned to China for help.000 horsemen assembled in the plains below and raised the Turkic war cries. In 723 CE. But typical to the Chinese attitude no help was forth coming. Su-lu the lord of the Tuergish Turks came to the aid of the dharma and the sangha.com/2006/03/04/su-lu-khans-heroic-struggle-against-the-army-of-islam/ 2/5 . Su-lu then asked his guards to dismiss the Arab ambassador. The Islamic records gloat over the killing of the Kafirs in Khujanda (see TabarI 2. They learnt that they were dealing with an enemy like none before– one whose word could not be trusted and who was exceedingly cruel. Kuel Chur cut down an advancing Jihadi division at Qasr al-Bahili and cut off the supply routes for the Arabs from Samarqand. For each flag that was unfurled 10 fully armed horsemen emerged and 100. The savgery of the slaughter in this treacherous assault sent a terrifying message to the non-Moslems of the region. Kasshin’s and Kaarzang’s people fled to Khan Su-lu with the news of the new Moslem invasion. The Kalif dispatched the Ghazi Amr al-Harashi and an army of Mujahidins to kill the Bauddha and Hindu chiefs in the regions and destroy Khan Su-lu. The Moslems pounced on them right away. He immediately decided to take retaliatory steps to stop the Jihad from blowing over the entire area. He did not reply anything to the ambassador and asked him to retire to his tent. There Khan Su-lu signaled to one of his body guard. Al-Harashi’s Jihadis swarmed the region in Middle of 722 CE. Another local chief aluTAr who was defending the region betrayed the other chiefs to the Moslems. They then unfurled a flag each. in spring 721 AD.wordpress.

At a well-timed moment he moved a branch of his army to cut off the water supply to the Moslems from the Arab-held stronghold of Khujanda. However. Su-lu swooped in. In 730 AD realizing that the war in the West was not favoring the Chinese.8/8/2014 Su-lu Khan’s heroic struggle against the army of Islam | mAnasa-taraMgiNI In spring 723 with the first notice of the thaw in winter the Arabs initiated the Jihad. Hsuan-Tsung. which was also religiously intolerant. The Tibetans suffered heavily at the hands of the Chinese and formed an alliance with the Tuergish. The Kalif in fury over this defeat ordered a new army to conduct the Jihad of extermination against the Kafirs of Central Asia. This set the resulted in the great defeat of the Arabs. In desperation the Jihadis tried to ford the river at wide point and many were drowned. The Jihadis fought frantically. This duly sparked of a conflict with between the Turks and the Chinas. this was only on the surface. Hsuan Tsung diplomatically entered into peace negotiations with the Tuergish. The Turks soon surrounded them on three sides and pinned them against swelling river on fourth. the imperialist Chinese emperor asked his favorite general Tu to kill the envoy and destroy a Tuergish trading party and called the Tuergish Kha’Khan a bandit. remembered by the Moslem chronicles as the “Battle of the Day of Thirst”. striking hard with his well-armed cavalry. The objective of these attacks was to force the Army of Islam to march in the direction of the other Tuergish division waiting in ambush. With that the Tuergish completely routed them and only a small number of survivors escaped to make it alive to the fort of Khujanda. Su-lu kept avoiding any direct encounter with Moslems till they were sufficiently harried by the division under his son to the point of exhasperation. The Moslems were ambushed by the Tuergish Turk army under Su-lu close to the Oxus.com/2006/03/04/su-lu-khans-heroic-struggle-against-the-army-of-islam/ 3/5 . The wife of Khan Su-lu sent an ambassador to China to stop persecution of pagans and various streams of the Bauddha matas different from those of the Chinas. This halted the frenetic spread of Islam through central Asia an gave brief breathing space for the pagans of the land. But the Tuergish faced a new danger from the East in the form of the aggressive Chinese imperialism. As they were desperate without water. Alarmed at their aggressive response. This proved a successful move. The rest on the banks were mopped up by the Turkic cavalry charge ordered by Su-lu. but a Turkic archer shot a well-aimed arrow to knock down their general Muslim bin Sayyid. The Moslems marched into the countryside and ransacked it by cutting down trees and burning everything on their path. Hsuan Tsung sent envoys to the Arabs. The Chinas moved armies rapidly to the West to first attack Tibet and thereby outflank the Turks.wordpress. The Moslems came under severe fire from the Turkic archers who harried them with fire-tipped arrows and used whistling arrows to signal their movements. This battle was a turning point in the control of Transoxiana: the Tuergish had become the dominant force and the Arabs were clearly on the defensive. They take considerable pleasure in narrating how they destroyed the idols and burnt down the temples (“Bhutkhanas”). Wang Chun Cho was killed by the Uighur Turks. He was also attacked simultaneously by the Tibetan army under their resourceful commander Chog-ro-Manporje. The Chinese were beaten back and at the same time one of their greatest generals. the Tuergish Kha’khan took immediate action. Su-lu hatched a plan to seek revenge for the Chinese actions and dispatched an army to raid the Chinese territory and draw the Chinese general I-chen into an ambush. For this he chose the notorious Ghazi Muslim bin Sayyid and sent him at the head of a huge army to devastate the region. Su-lu personally lead a major division of his army while another army under his son constantly harried the Arabs by a series of hit and run raids. asking them to ally with the Chinas http://manasataramgini. because he was hatching a secret strategy to destroy them completely. In 724 CE the Jihadis attacked the city of Akshikath in Ferghana and plundered it after slaughtering the inhabitants.

Only the fortified city of Samarqand and the Kamarja fort remained in Moslem hands. He barely cut his way out of their cordon and retreated with heavy losses to Tukharistan. Bin Abdullah then waged a Jihad on the pagan city of Navakath and started slaying the inhabitants. The Moslem armies were put to sword in various encounters and the temples broken by them were revived. http://manasataramgini. The Moslems were worsted and driven out almost entirely from Sogdhiana. by gathering his Turkic hordes as well as other pagan chiefs and the Parsis under Kushraw attacking al Sulami. Sulu with a small mobile force of just 4000 men tried to launch a surprise attack on Balkh and take it in the height of winter. to storm heavily fortified strongholds.wordpress.com/2006/03/04/su-lu-khans-heroic-struggle-against-the-army-of-islam/ 4/5 . The Arabs sustained heavy losses and fled in disarray. to replenish their stores and forces. sadly for him the Chinese agents figured out his plan and informed the Moslems well in advance. they started crossing the Oxus. The Tibetans and Tuergish sealed an alliance through the marriage of Su-lu with the Tibetan princess Dron ma lod. when the Arabs rarely fought. Bin Abdullah sent another army force against the Turks. Su-lu fiercely attacked Khorasan with the aim of driving out the Arabs for good. Kushraw. The Arabs were defeated and the Chinese without aid from the Western front ceased operations after devastating northern Tibetan territories. Though most attempts failed as he was well-protected by strong armor except for his eyes. motivated Jihadi army. With the element of surprise gone. The Chinese first invaded the Tibetans to block them from aiding the Tuergish. Su-lu sent a division to aid the Tibetans but Chinas crushed that division. who were bent on destroying him. The Moslems were ready for the small mobile force of Su-lu as it by-passed Balkh and try to take it in the rear. Su-lu set a trap for them and the second time attacked them while crossing the river and destroyed the flotillas and pontoon bridges used by the Moslems. the Arabs. Su-lu acted decisively. Disheartened by these the Tuergish failed to take Kamarga. bin Abdullah retreated to Balkh and left Khorasan undefended. However. a descendent of the last Sassanian emperor Yazdigird III who were in Tukharistan also appealed to Khan Su-lu to help them against their eternal enemies. Su-lu was totally out of wind and had to fight desperately for survival against the numerically superior. Su-lu then attacked bin Abdullah’s camp and plundered it. even as the Ghazi barely escaped with life. Tuergish then aided the Tibetans in inflicting a series of defeats on Chinese armies harassing the Tibetan troops and conquered the Wakhan corridor. Su-lu was finally shot on his arm in course of he conflict and injured. but Khan Su-lu ambushed it and wiped it out. However. The Kalif had now sent Ashras al Sulami to strengthen the Moslem force and avenge the old defeats. Al Sulami was particularly violent on the people of Sogdhiana and persecuted non-Moslems and tortured them in numerous ways. He at first deftly cut the Arab supply line from Navakath. There he started regrouping his hordes for a renewed campaign when unexpected events transpired. Without supplies for a while.8/8/2014 Su-lu Khan’s heroic struggle against the army of Islam | mAnasa-taraMgiNI against the Tuergish. they again proved pretty ineffective in taking the highly fortified citadel of Khulm from where the Moslems were defending. In the mean time a band of Parsis along with their last ruler in absentia. The Arabs and Chinese met in 735 to destory the Tuergish through a combined attack. Still Su-lu besieged Kamarja and during the siege the Moslems made many attempts to kill him using marksmen on the walls. and inflicted heavy losses on them. Su-lu in a hasty march from Suyab arrived. Despite these setbacks Su-lu still controlled practically all of Transoxiana and restored peace and religious freedom which had been shattered by the Moslems. with the Moslems sending the Chinas reinforcements. TurkoMongols were far from state they achieved under Chingiz Khan. However. Kushraw the Parsi prince was also killed by an arrow. But the Tibetan general Chog-ro-Manporje combined with Su-lu’s second division to attack the Jihadis under Assad bin Abdullah the new Ghazi sent by the Kalif to destroy the Kafirs. bin Abdullah kept a large army waiting for the Turks at Kharistan.

8/8/2014 Su-lu Khan’s heroic struggle against the army of Islam | mAnasa-taraMgiNI Kuel Chur.com. The ChaoticSoul Theme. This was not just the death of one man but the death-blow to the Tuergish nation. ~ by mAnasa-taraMgiNI on March 4. 2006. the general of the Tuergish army and Khan Su-lu were playing a game of back-gammon with the stake being a pheasant. With that the Tuergish nation and the many pagan states of Transoxiana and Sogdiana were open to the imperialist China and Moslem troops that poured in for the final contest. About these ads Posted in History Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Su-lu won the stake but Kuel Chur refused to give him the bird.wordpress. A fight broke out between them in which Kuel Chur and his men killed Su-lu.com/2006/03/04/su-lu-khans-heroic-struggle-against-the-army-of-islam/ 5/5 . http://manasataramgini. and any possibility of a defense against Islam’s oppressive spread into central Asia.