Ziauddin Barani: The Khaljis in Love (Persian)

  • Saleem Kidwai


Barani was employed as a companion to the Sultan Muhammad ibn Tughlaq (1325–51) and had this job until the Sultan’s death. In the change that followed he was briefly imprisoned, his property was confiscated, and he ended his last days in penury, living off charity at the dargah (shrine around the tomb) of Shaikh Nizamuddin Chishti. His burial expenses were paid from charity.


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  1. 1.
    Translated from Ziaud Din Barani, Tarikh I Firuz Shahi, ed. Saiyid Ahmad Khan, Bib-liotheca Indica series (Calcutta: Asiatic Society of Bengal, 1862).Google Scholar
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    The state-promulgated secular laws that Barani agreed were necessary for effective rule since the institution of kingship was itself un-Islamic. For a study of Barani’s thought, see M. Habib, Political Theory of the Delhi Sultanate (Allahabad: Kitab Mahal, 1960).Google Scholar
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    A. M. Hussain, trans., The Rehla of Ibn Batuttah (Baroda: Oriental Institute, 1953; 1976), 45.Google Scholar

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