You are on page 1of 5

MughalEmpire(India)

HistoricalIndia

India

WhyistheMughalempirenotregardedasacontinuation
oftheDelhiSultanatebyhistorians?
TheDelhiSultanateisusedtorefertoastate,whichwasruledoverbyasuccessionof
IslamicTurkoAfghandynasties(suchastheKhaljis,SayyidsandtheLodis),and
administeredalargepartofNorthandCentralIndia.WhyistheMughalEmpirenotregarded
asacontinuationoftheDelhiSultanatebyhistorians,withtheMughalsreplacingtheLodis
beforethem.Afterall,DelhicontinuedtobethecapitaloftheMughalempire,andtheAfghans
stillplayedanimportantroleinthenobility.
Request

Follow 7

Comment Share Downvote

Havethisquestiontoo?RequestAnswers:
RequestFromQuora
Wewilldistributethisquestiontowriters,andnotifyyouaboutnewanswers.
PankajShukla
3AnswersinIndia
SachinKedarisetty,Civilaspirant
2AnswersinIndia
AnsumanKar,Doctorbyprofessionliterarianbypassion
5AnswersinIndia
MoreRelatedQuestions
ViewMoreorSearch

QuestionStats

Canyouanswerthisquestion?
Answer

7Followers
2,856Views
LastAskedJan23,2014
Edits

3Answers
AnthonyTauro,Indian.Currentlylivingabroad.
WrittenMar18,2014

Thisisaverygoodquestion.ThereweresomesimilaritiesbetweentheDelhiSultanateand
theMughalEmpire.
1.BothhadTurkicrulers(thoughnotalloftheSultanswereTurkic).
2.BothwereIslamicmeritocracies.Powerdidnotgofromfathertooldestson
automatically,buttothemostworthysuccessor.
3.Alsoinasensefrom1398theSultansinDelhiruledinthenameofTimurandlaterhis
successorShahRukh.SotherulerwouldnottakethetitleofSultan,andwouldmint
coinsinthenameofeitherTimurorShahRukh.Thatpracticeunderstandably
stoppedafterShahRukhandhisevenweakersuccessors,butestablishesastrong
AskQuestion
AskorSearchQuora
Read
argumentforasenseofcontinuity.

Answer

Notifications

Samadhan

RelatedQuestions
Sowhyaretheyseparate?
1.Changeintherulingeliteasawhole
SooryaNarayanhasalreadymentionedthis.Foronetherewasasteadyerosionin
theTurkicnatureoftheSultanate.TheMamluks(slavedynasty)wereveryTurkic,but
theSayyidswerenot,andtheLodiswerePathan.TheMughalstookDelhibacktocore
Turkicrule.ManyAfghansjoinedBabur,butmanyfoughthimandcontinued
fightingtheMughalstillAkbar'stime.
2.InclusionoftheRajputs
AkbarincorporatedtheRajputsintotheMughalsystemofgovernance.Foralong
timeafterwards,theRajputsfoughtforDelhi,ratherthanagainstDelhi.Thisalliance
continuedintoAurangzeb'stimes(eventhoughaconfederationwasalmostformed
againsthim).Thisinclusionhadfarreachingconsequenceswithrespecttopolicy.
3.Achangeinculture
ThoughHindustani(theoriginofHindiandUrdu)continuedtoflourishunderthe
MughalsitgotaninfluxofPersianwords.TheMughalssupportedcertainaspectsof
Indianculture,andsomewereinfusedwithPersianorTurkicelements.Butoverall
therewasabigchangefromtheSultanatetimes.
4.Architecture
MughalarchitectureisconsidereddifferentfromSultanateeraarchitecture.

Whatisthelegacyofdelhisultanate?
WhichMuslimkingofthePreMughalperiodofthe
DelhiSultanatecanberegardedasagreatking?
HowdoesthenatureoftheDelhiSultanteandthe
MughalEmpirecompare?
WhatisthemaindifferencebetweenDelhiSultanate
ArchitectureandMughalArchitecture?
Whydoesn'tPakistanclaimkinshiporancestrywith
theMughalsortheDelhiSultanatedynasties?
WhatwerethemajordifferencesbetweentheSultans
ofDelhiandNizamsofHyderabad?
WhyaretheresofewMuslimsinDelhiandother
centresoftheMughalEmpire?
WhywastheMarathaConfederacyunwillingtoend
theMughalEmpire,allowingtheMughalemperorsto
stayonasnominalrulersoftheDelhireg...

5.Military
BaburfamouslybroughtcanonstoIndia.Forcenturiesafterwards,thecanons
remainedthebulwarkofMughalpower,andchangedthenatureofwarfareandthe
military.
6.Dynasty
FinallytheMughalsareprobablythegreatestdynastyinIndianhistory.Fromtheir
richheritage,traceabletoGenghisKhanandTimur,totherespectfor"theMughal"in
Indiaforoveracenturyafterthelastgreatruler,itishardtofindanotherequivalent.
JustforthattheyshouldgettheirownidentityindependentoftheSultanate.
1.4kViewsViewUpvotes
Upvote 20
Downvote Comment

AskorSearchQuora
NikhilKrishnan,Indianhistoryenthusiast

AskQuestion

WrittenAug28

Differentorigins:WhileyouarerightinclaimingthattheMughalDynastywas
technicallyasultanateandisTurkicinorigin,thefounderoftheempire,Babur,also
claimedtobedescendedfromtheMongolsandasadescendentofGenghisKhan.I
knowthatthismightnotbeofmuchsignificance,butitispossiblethatthisalso
factorsinwhyitslabelledasanintricatedynasty.

Read

Answer

Notifications

Samadhan

RelatedQuestions
Whatisthelegacyofdelhisultanate?
WhichMuslimkingofthePreMughalperiodofthe
DelhiSultanatecanberegardedasagreatking?

Differentadministrativesetup:TheSultansoftheDelhiSultanatedidnot
tolerateindependentkingdomsandautonomywithintheirkingdomsandsubdued
theriseofotheruprisingswithinthem.SomeofthemlikeIbrahimLodidetested
regionalrulersandchiefs,whichcouldhavestrengthenedhisauthority.TheMughals,
ontheotherhand,understoodtheimportanceofalliancesandthereforeextended
theirempirebloodlesslybyofferingRajputs,Afghans,Pastunshighpositionsofpower
withinthecourtandinadministrationoftheempire.

HowdoesthenatureoftheDelhiSultanteandthe
MughalEmpirecompare?

Establishedbyinvaders:Ifyouhadthoughtthatthevariousdynastiesofthe
DelhiSultanatewereoverthrownbyforeigninvaders,youwerewrong.Theywere
overthrownbydifferenttribesandrulinghousesthatwerewithinthedynastyby
assassinations(MamluksandKhiljis)abdications(Sayyids)orbecauseoflosingpower
duetoMongolinvasionsunderTimur(Tughlaqs),whonevercondolidatedanempire
inthesubcontinent.BaburwasnowhereconnectedtotheSultanateandwastheruler
ofKabulwhenheseizedtheopportunitytoattackDelhiandwassuccessfulindoing
so.

WhatwerethemajordifferencesbetweentheSultans
ofDelhiandNizamsofHyderabad?

WhatisthemaindifferencebetweenDelhiSultanate
ArchitectureandMughalArchitecture?
Whydoesn'tPakistanclaimkinshiporancestrywith
theMughalsortheDelhiSultanatedynasties?

WhyaretheresofewMuslimsinDelhiandother
centresoftheMughalEmpire?
WhywastheMarathaConfederacyunwillingtoend
theMughalEmpire,allowingtheMughalemperorsto
stayonasnominalrulersoftheDelhireg...

Therefore,youcanseewhytheMughalDynastywasdistinctfromtheotherSultanates
thatruledDelhi.
188ViewsViewUpvotesAnswerrequestedbyKunalPriyadarshi
Upvote

Downvote Comment

SooryaNarayan,:)
WrittenJan24,2014

TheDelhisultanateconsistingoftheSlave,Khilji,Tughlak,SayyidandLodhiDynastieswas
establishedaftertheinvasionofIndiabyMuhammadGhori.Allthe5dynastieswerethe
Upvote 20
Downvote Comment
politicalsuccessorsofQutubdinAibakandallformedpartoftheoriginalpolitical
organisationsetupaftertheinvasionofMuhammadGhoriandremovalofPrithviRaj
Chauhan.
Noneofthe4dynastieswhichsucceededSlavedynastywereinvadersfromoutside,all
werepowerfulofficialsinsidetheDelhiSultanate.ButMughalsontheotherhandwere
invaderswhowereinvitedtoattackIndiabytheenemiesofIbrahimLodhi.
HencethepoliticalsystemsetupbytheMughalsisconsidereddistinctfromtheDelhi
Sultanate.
600ViewsViewUpvotes
Upvote 10

Downvote Comment

TopStoriesfromYourFeed
AnswerwrittenSun

AnswerwrittenSep10

Undiscoverednewanswer14m

Whatarethelessonspeoplemost
oftenlearntoolateinlife?

Whataresomepsychological
factsthatpeopledon'tknow?

HowcanIearnextramoneyby
workingfromhomeonweekends
inIndia?

KrunalMHarne,Analystintheoffice,
Singerinbathroom,Philosophernear
buswindow.
WrittenSun

PranjitKBorah,curiousabout
psychology
UpdatedSep12

Anonymous
Written14mago

ReadInFeed
Ohboy,thisoneisharsh.Andletmetellyou
that,youarenotgonnalikeit.Yesterday,I

ReadInFeed

Mostofusprobablyunawareofthefactthat

ReadInFeed