YUDDHA Ep. 05: The Sultanate Supremacy (Part I)
How Delhi Defeated the Mongols
Nobody in the late 13th century would have believed you, if you told them that the tiny Sultanate of Delhi - established by a turbulent band of Turkic warlords - would one day dominate the vast Indian subcontinent.
To its Northwest, the terrifying hordes of Genghis Khan rampaged across Iran. To its Southeast, the sophisticated lords of India continued with their wars and poetry, raiding Delhi's trade routes.
Yet, somehow, Delhi rose to the challenge, with some of the Indian subcontinent's most remarkable military and political innovations.
This is the first of a two-part series exploring the improbable rise of the fledgling Sultanate. We go over the careers of Iltutmish, Ghiyasuddin Balban, and Alauddin Khilji; talk about how Delhi's Muslim elite saw the cataclysmic Mesopotamian campaign of Hulagu Khan; discuss a Sanskrit inscription praising a Sultan and the geopolitical imperatives which the Sultans struggled with; and the 1299-1302 campaigns which brought to a close all Mongol adventurism in the subcontinent.
This is also the first YUDDHA episode to be recorded from home, so there may be a little background noise!
YUDDHA is made possible thanks to the support of The Takshashila Institution and the Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF).
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