Tughlaq dynasty

The Tughlaq dynasty (Ṭughlāq or Arabic script:

تغلق‌/طغلق) also referred to as Tughluq or Tughluk dynasty, was a Muslim dynasty of Turkic origin[8] which ruled over the Delhi sultanate in medieval India.[9] Its reign started in 1320 in Delhi when Ghazi Malik assumed the throne under the title of Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq. The dynasty ended in 1413.[1][10]

Muslim dynasty in medieval India

For the play by Girish Karnad, see Tughlaq (play). For the Indian magazine, see Thuglak.
Tughlaq Dynasty

Territory under Tughlaq dynasty of Delhi Sultanate, 1330-1335 AD. The empire shrank after 1335 AD.[2][4]
Capital Delhi
Common languages Persian (official)[5]

Official: Sunni Islam
Subjects: Hinduism,[6]Shia,[7] Others[7]
Government Sultanate
Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq
Muhammad bin Tughluq
Firuz Shah Tughlaq
Ghiyath-ud-din Tughluq Shah / Abu Bakr Shah / Muhammad Shah / Mahmud Tughlaq / Nusrat Shah
Historical era Medieval
Currency Taka

Preceded by

Succeeded by
Khalji dynasty
Sayyid dynasty
Vijayanagara Empire
Bahmani Sultanate
Bengal Sultanate
Gujarat Sultanate
Today part of India
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Delhi Sultanate
Ruling dynasties
Qutb al-Din Aibak 1206–1210
Aram Shah 1210–1211
Iltutmish 1211–1236
Rukn ud din Firuz 1236
Razia Sultana 1236-1240
Muiz ud din Bahram 1240–1242
Ala ud din Masud 1242–1246
Nasiruddin Mahmud 1246–1266
Ghiyas ud din Balban 1266–1287
Muiz ud din Qaiqabad 1287–1290
Shamsuddin Kayumars 1290
Khizr Khan 1414–1421
Mubarak Shah 1421–1434
Muhammad Shah 1434–1445
Alam Shah 1445–1451
Bahlul Khan Lodi 1451–1489
Sikandar Lodi 1489–1517
Ibrahim Lodi 1517–1526

The dynasty expanded its territorial reach through a military campaign led by Muhammad bin Tughluq, and reached its zenith between 1330 and 1335. It ruled most of the Indian subcontinent.[2][11]

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The etymology of the word Tughluq is not certain. The 16th-century writer Firishta claims that it is a corruption of the Turkic term Qutlugh, but this is doubtful.[12] Literary, numismatic and epigraphic evidence makes it clear that Tughluq was the personal name of the dynasty’s founder Ghiyath al-Din, and not an ancestral designation. Historians use the designation Tughluq to describe the entire dynasty as a matter of convenience, but the dynasty’s kings did not use Tughluq as a surname: only Ghiyath al-Din’s son Muhammad bin Tughluq called himself the son of Tughluq Shah (“bin Tughluq”).[12]

The ancestry of the dynasty is debated among modern historians because the earlier sources provide different information regarding it. Tughluq’s court poet Badr-i Chach attempted to find a royal Sassanian genealogy for the dynasty from the line of Bahram Gur, which seems to be the official position of the genealogy of the Sultan,[13] although this can be dismissed as flattery.[14] The Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta states that Tughluq belonged to the “Qarauna tribe of the Turks“, who lived in the hilly region between Turkestan and Sindh, based on the claim of a Sufi saint Rukn-e-Alam. However, this is not corroborated by other contemporary sources.[15]Qara’unas were Mongols or associated with Mongol armies, whom Tughlaq despised,[16] and it is unlikely that Tughlaq was a Qara’una.[17] Another Tughluq’s court poet Amir Khusrau in his Tughluq Nama makes no mention of Tughluq’s arrival in India from a foreign land, which seems to imply he was born in India. His own court poet states that Tughluq described himself frankly as a man of no importance (“awara mard“) in his early life and career.[18] The historian Ferishta, based on inquiries at Lahore, wrote that the knowledgeable historians and the books of India had neglected to mention any clear statement on the origin of the dynasty,[19] but wrote that there was a rural founding myth that Tughluq’s father was a Turkic slave of Balban who made an alliance with a Jatt chieftain of Punjab, and that Tughluq’s mother may have been a Jatt lady.[20] However there is no contemporary sources corroborate this statement.[21] The historian Fouzia Ahmed points out that as per Amir Khusrau’s assertion, Tughluq was not a Balbanid slave because he was not part of the old Turkic nobility and his family only became emergent during Khalji rule. Instead, Tughluq expressed his loyalty to the ethnically heterogenous Khalji regime through which he first entered military service rather than to Balban because his father was never part of Balban’s old Sultanate household.[22] According to historian Peter Jackson, Tughlaq was of Mongol or Turko-Mongol stock.[23]

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