The Delhi Sultanate: A Political and Military History

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The Delhi Sultanate was the first Islamic state to be established in India. This book traces its history from 1210 to its demise at the sack of Delhi in 1400. While the focus is on military and political affairs, the book also explores the Sultans' relations with their non-Muslim subjects. As a first comprehensive treatment of the period, the book will make a significant contribution to medieval Indo-Muslim history. Students of Islamic and Indian history, and interested general readers, will find it a valuable resource.

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"Unencumbered by the fashion or fad of the day, the author has assembled a handy and readable account of an important period of medieval Indian history." Muslim World Book Review

"This reviewer has seen few recent monographs on Indian history comparable to this as a model of exacting scholarship and intelligent analysis." Choice

"This is a careful and detailed history of the 'Greater' Delhi Sultanate of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries....Jackson provides a solid narrative of political and military events, which can serve as a standard reference for scholars working in this area." Religious Studies Review

"If it is possible to speak of a definitive history of the Delhi Sultanate for our time, this is it. Peter Jackson has written a book that is learned, literate, and judicious, and it must be counted one of the most distinguished contribution to Indian history in our time." American Review

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1. The background; Part I. The Thirteenth Century: 2. From Ghurid Province to Delhi Sultanate; 3. Sultans and sources; 4. Turks, Tajiks and Khalaj; 5. The centre and the provinces; 6. The Mongol threat; 7. Raid, conquest and settlement; Part II. The Zenith of the Sultanate: 8. Sultans, saints and sources; 9. The Khalji and Tughluqid nobility; 10. An age of conquest; 11. The Chaghadayid invasions; 12. The military, the economy and administrative reform; 13. Stupor mundi: the reign of Muhammad b. Tughluq; 14. The Sultans and their Hindu subjects; 15. Stasis and decline: Firuz Shah and his successors; Epilogue.

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