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The Delhi Sultanate A Political and Military History by Peter Jackson

The Delhi Sultanate A Political and Military History

Part of the Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization Series


The Delhi Sultanate A Political and Military History by Peter Jackson

The Delhi Sultanate was the first Islamic state to be established in India. In a broad-ranging, accessible narrative, Peter Jackson traces the history of the Sultanate from its foundation in 1210 to its demise in 1400 at the sack of Delhi by the Central Asian conqueror, Tamerlane. During the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, the Sultanate was the principal bastion of Islam in the subcontinent. While the book focuses on military and political affairs, tracing the Sultanate's resistance to formidable Mongol invasions from the north-west and the administrative developments that underpinned these exploits, it also explores the Sultans' relations with their non-Muslim subjects. As a comprehensive treatment of the period, the book will make a significant contribution to the literature on medieval Indo-Muslim history. Students of Islamic and Indian history, and those with a general interest in the region, will find it a valuable resource.


'This work of original scholarship and synthesis ... explains as no other has done before the many factors, in particular the nature of military power and government, which contributed to the establishment of an Islamic presence in South Asia.'

'... a worthy political and military history of the first major independent Muslim state in South Asia: the Delhi Sultanate.'
Contemporary South Asia

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Publication date

16th October 2003


Peter Jackson

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Cambridge University Press


388 pages


Asian history
Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500



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