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The name Baig originates from a Turkic clan called Barlas (chief tribe of the Timurids). They played a pivotal role in Turko-Persian empires in Central Asia, Middle East (Iran) and South Asia.

The name Baig is derived from the Turkic word Beg or Bey, which means chieftain or chief (i.e leader/commander.) Baig was a title given to honorary members of the Barlas clan, and was used as the family name for their children. The members of the Mughal Dynasty belonged to the Chughtai and Barlas clans and "Baigs" were high ranking military leaders and advisors to the Mughal Royal Families. Baigs occupied the upper echelons of society in the conquered parts of South Asia.

Beg was also subsequently used as a military rank in the Ottoman Empire. (See: Bey).

It was also used during the Qing Dynasty in China. When the Qing Dynasty ruled Xinjiang, it permitted the Turkic Begs to maintain their previous status, they administered the province for thr Qing as officials. High ranking Begs were allowed to wear the Queue.

Under the "fundamental laws" of China, one section is titled "Wizards, Witches, and all Superstitions, prohibited." The Jiaqing Emperor in 1814 A.D. added a sixth clause in this section with reference to Christianity. It was modified in 1821 and printed in 1826 by the Daoguang Emperor. It sentenced Europeans to death for spreading Christianity among Han...
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