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Seminar on Delhi Sultanate

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Aligarh: The Centre of Advanced Study (CAS) at AMU’s Department of History organised a National Seminar on ‘Re-interpreting the History of the Delhi Sultanate’. A galaxy of scholars from Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan  as well as from AMU participated in the seminar.

Addressing the inaugural function, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brig. (Retd.) S. Ahmad Ali highlighted several important achievements of this period and praised Balban for his strict administration and Alauddin Khilji for opening the door to royal services for Indians, Muslims and non-Muslims.

Earlier, welcoming the guests, Prof. Tariq Ahmad, Chairman of the CAS, underlined the importance of the history of the Delhi Sultanate. He termed the period as marvelous and full of achievements similar to those of the Mughal Empire. He said that whatever features made the Mughals great, were also present in Delhi Sultanate. For example, Akbar thought of terming the emperor’s position as divine, the same was much earlier tried by Sultan Ghiyasuddin Balban. Similarly, he compared the achievements of Iltutmish’s monetary system, creation of a governing class and making Delhi  a cultural centre with that of Akbar’s similar achievements. On the architectural aspect, he made similar remarks comparing the achievements of Iltutmish, Alauddin Khilji and Firoz Tughlaq with that of Akbar and Shahjahan.

Prof. Ali Athar, Convener of the Seminar, pointed out that there was a need of re-interpreting the history of the Delhi Sultanate. He stressed that in view of the traces of new sources of history, there is a need to re-interpret earlier theories or theses propounded by former stalwarts. He pointed out several aspects of history in which studies had to be made with a new perspective.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 October 2013 on page no. 13

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