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Slaves, Sultans And Dynasties (Approx. 1000–1400)

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The Muslim political control of the sub-continent took place in several stages, starting with the Ghaznawids, Turkish nomadic tribes, and military slaves who were vassals of the Saljuqs. In 1191, the Ghorids advanced to Delhi, Ajmer and larger parts of Central India (Kannauj, Badayun, Gwalior) were subjected to the Turkic slave general Qutb al-Din Aybak. The Sultanate of Delhi was ruled by several dynasties, starting from Aybak to Balaban, Iltutmish's slave, followed by the Khalajis and subsequently by the Tughluqs. Jalal al-Din Firoz Shah (1290-1296) successfully challenged the rule of Balaban's successors and inaugurated the dynasty of the Khalajis, who were quite distinct from the Turks. The Timurid invasion reduced the Delhi Sultanate to just one of many competing regional powers in South Asia. The organisation of Muslim scholarship hardly underwent any change, thus potentially being a ready ideological binding thread if such a need arose in the future.

Keywords: Balaban; Ghaznawids; Ghorids; Khalajis; military slaves; South Asia; Sultanate of Delhi; Turkish



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