Ala al-Din Khalji

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Ala al-Din Khalji

 

Ruler of the Sultanate of Delhi from 1296 to 1316. He confiscated most of the private lands of secular and religious feudal lords, and he attempted to introduce a monetary form of payment to his army instead of the iqta land-holding system. He established a land tax amounting to one-half of the harvest. He maintained a huge army, which repelled the invasions of the Moghuls and conquered the Deccan States and a large part of southern India.

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This work is considered as the most valuable and authentic record of the first sixteen years of Ala al-Din Khalji's reign.
It unfolds some hidden truth such as some facts about the Ala al-din's Deccan campaign in 1296 CE or the Mongol invasions of India during the Khalji period.43 The author's main interest was the war events and he made no attempt to provide any detailed account about the economic and administrative policy of Ala al-Din Khalji. His testimony for Muhammad b.