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Book Review
Delhi sultans’ religious policies

Here is a new Urdu book by the well-known scholar, Dr Zafarul Islam Islahi, who teaches Islamic studies at AMU. 

The first important part of Muslim rule in Indo-Pak subcontinent is popularly known as "Delhi Sultanate". This period has great importance from different points of view including political, administrative, socio-cultural and religious. In recent past, the history of the period has aroused much interest among he people of different shades of life due to some unfortunate and sad happenings in the region. A lot of works have been published about the history of the period. But the work of Dr. Zafarul Islam Islahi presents the study of the Delhi Sultanate from a quite new hitherto untouched aspect – examination of private and public life of the Delhi Sultans, their social behaviour, economic measures, administrative steps and punishment to different categories of offenders in the light of the Shariat. Significantly enough, the author has attempted to show the examples of the Sultan’s conformity with as well as violation of the Shariat’s rules with regard to different issues of state and society. Moreover, each and every part of the discussion is supported by references to the authentic sources mainly the Persian and Arabic ones. 

Consisting of 136 pages, the work is divided into six chapters and one appendix. Its main contents are as follows: 
Interest of the Delhi Sultans in Islamic jurisprudence.
The Sultan’s sense of respect to the Shariat.

The Religious thoughts of the Delhi Sultans and their impact on State administration.

State and Shariat’s laws during the reign of Sultan Ghiyasudddin Balban.

Sultan Firoz Shah Tughlaq and enforcement of the Shariat’s rules. 
Crime and punishment during the Sultanate period – a study in the light of the Shariat.

In the appendix the author has given the period of rule of Muslim rulers of the subcontinent from Muhammad Ibn Qasim to Bahadur Shah Zafar in Hijra as well as Christian era. Th present work would, of course, help to evaluate the Delhi Sultanate in the light of the Shariat and would give a new direction to researchers and scholars of the history of medieval India.
- Rahat Abrar

The book, costing 75 rupees, may be obtained from Maktaba-i-Islam, Panwali Kothi, Dodhpur, Aligarh and Islamic Foundation, 1781, Hauz Sui Walan, New Delhi-110002. q

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