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The Making of a Badshah

Raziuddin Aquil

in Sufism, Culture, and Politics

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780195685121
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081325 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195685121.003.0002
The Making of a Badshah

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This chapter describes the circumstances leading to the emergence of Sher Shah as the badshah of Hindustan. It considers Abbas Sarwani's Tarikh-i-Sher Shahi. It also notes that the Mughals sought to vulgarize and marginalize the Afghans after returning to power in the second half of the sixteenth century. Whereas the modern authorities are very critical of the Afghan historians, there is not much appreciation of the problems which one confronts in the accounts of the late sixteenth century ‘faithful’ Mughal chroniclers. The formulations in the secondary literature appear to have been influenced by the dominant Mughal ideology. This chapter traces the career graph of Sher Shah to understand the complexities of the political arena of early sixteenth century Hindustan and highlight the various factors which led to his rise. It examines Sher Shah's interaction and conflict with Babur and Humayun and concludes with how he fulfilled the Afghan dream of driving the Mughals out of the country.

Keywords: Sher Shah; Hindustan; Afghans; Abbas Sarwani; Mughals; Tarikh-i-Sher Shahi; Humayun; Badshah; Babur

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