This book provides an integrated view of the Delhi Sultanate government from 1206 to 1526. It is divided into two parts. The first part deals with the political events and the dynastic history of the Sultans and the second part with the administration, different land issues, social life including two major religious movements and other cultural aspects including architecture and sculpture. The growth of the city of Delhi has been shown here perhaps for the first time.
Most of the books on Delhi Sultanate mainly narrate the political events. Here other aspects have been included to show the real character of the Sultanate. It may be mentioned that the English officials from the end of the eighteenth Century had termed the medieval period of India as a ‘dark age’ – a statement that has been accepted by several Indian writers. It is to negate this view that an integrated narrative has been provided here.
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Table of Contents
PART I 1. Sources 2. Background 3. Ghur Invasion of India 4. Turkish Sultanate of Delhi 5. The Khalji Dynasty 6. The Tughluq Dynasty 7. Syed Dynasty (1414-1451) 8. Lodi Dynasty (1451-1526) PART II 9. Structure of Sultanate Rule: Nature, Ideology, Departments, Land 10. Trade and Commerce including Shipping 11. Pre-Sultanate Urbanization and the Emergence of Delhi during First Two Centuries of Sultanate Rule 12. Architecture and Sculpture of Delhi during the Sultanate Period 13. Science and Technology in Delhi Sultanate 14. Social Life under the Sultanate of Delhi 15. Religious Movements 16. Concluding Remarks
Aniruddha Ray was born at Calcutta in 1936. He passed his M.A. in 1958. After teaching in Charu Chandra College for several years, he went to the University of Paris, Sorbonne (France) in 1964 for research and returned at the end of 1967 with a Ph.D. degree. He joined the Department of Islamic History & Culture, Calcutta University in 1968 and retired from there in November 2001.
After occupying several posts at the Indian History Congress, he was elected General President of the Indian History Congress in 2011. He was also the President of Paschim Banga Itihas Sansad for six years. He has published more than 36 books and a large number of articles in English and Bengali. He was awarded a Gold Medal with citation by The Asiatic Society, Calcutta for his lifelong achievement.