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The Niẓām Shāhīs

Fischel, Roy S. (2016) 'The Niẓām Shāhīs.' In: Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd edition. Leiden: Brill. (Forthcoming)

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The Niẓām Shāhīs were an Islamic dynasty in the Deccan Plateau, India. Founded by Malik Ḥasan Baḥrī Niẓām al-Mulk, his son Aḥmad established its independence from the Bahmanī Sultanate around 896/1490. The sultanate emerged as one of the most powerful in the Deccan, and their capital Aḥmadnagar became a centre of arts and Islamic learning. Central authority began to decline later in the century, and in 1009/1600 the Mughals conquered Aḥmadnagar. Thereafter, Niẓām Shāhī sultans remained only symbols of sovereignty, whereas actual power passed to magnates and military commanders. The Mughals eliminated the dynasty in 1045/1636.

Item Type: Other
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of History
Depositing User: Roy Fischel
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 11:08
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/22562

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