Sultanate Period Architecture
It's been a busy years for Delhi. From becoming the capital of the Raj in the early 20th century to having to welcome hundreds of thousands of refugees at Partition in , to the authoritarian times of the Emergency in the s, to its post-liberalization transformation into a city of Porsche-driving and crashing nouveaux-riches , Delhi has had many shades, many faces. As part of our ongoing series on New Delhi , here is a list of 10 works that that have chronicled these times, and the turmoil, gains and losses of different decades. There are many great writers and books, including some lovely guidebooks and important works of history, that aren't on this list — apologies in advance. Fiction, sadly, gets short shrift, too. So take this as a starting point, and let us know what other books you'd recommend to Delhiphiles in the Comments section. A historian and professional raconteur, Mr.
The Delhi Sultanate was the first Islamic state to be established in India. This book traces its history from to its demise at the sack of Delhi in this item; Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,, in Books (See Top in Books).
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The sultanate is noted for being one of the few powers to repel an attack by the Mongols from the Chagatai Khanate ,  caused the decline of Buddhism in East India and Bengal ,   and enthroned one of the few female rulers in Islamic history , Razia Sultana , who reigned from to Afterwards, the Khalji dynasty was also able to conquer most of central India, but both failed to conquer the whole of the Indian subcontinent. The sultanate reached the peak of its geographical reach during the Tughlaq dynasty, occupying most of the Indian subcontinent. During and in the Delhi Sultanate, there was a synthesis of Indian civilization with that of Islamic civilization , and the further integration of the Indian subcontinent with a growing world system and wider international networks spanning large parts of Afro-Eurasia , which had a significant impact on Indian culture and society, as well as the wider world. The context behind the rise of the Delhi Sultanate in India was part of a wider trend affecting much of the Asian continent, including the whole of southern and western Asia : the influx of nomadic Turkic peoples from the Central Asian steppes. This can be traced back to the 9th century, when the Islamic Caliphate began fragmenting in the Middle East , where Muslim rulers in rival states began enslaving non-Muslim nomadic Turks from the Central Asian steppes, and raising many of them to become loyal military slaves called Mamluks. Soon, Turks were migrating to Muslim lands and becoming Islamicized.
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