What were the important developments that took place during th reign of Razia Sultan?

Asked by Manasvi | 18th Jun, 2017, 05:22: PM

Expert Answer:

  • After the death of Iltutmish, Razia became the first woman Sultan of Delhi in 1236.
  • Razia had to face many challenges from powerful nobles who were not willing to accept a woman as a ruler. The Turkish nobles wanted a puppet ruler who could govern according to their wishes. Razia however was not willing to rule according to their desires.
  • Razia Sultan dressed like a man and led armies into battlefield. She did not practice ‘purdah’, held open court, listened to the problems of her subjects and supervised the work of every department.
  • When the provincial governors of some territories revolted against her, she failed to crush their power. Later, Razia married Altunia, the leader of a rebel group, to pacify them. However, both Razia and Altunia were killed in 1240.
  • After the death of Razia Sultan, a line of weak rulers ruled Delhi. They were not able to consolidate the empire.
  • Balban became the ruler of Delhi in 1266. He was a powerful noble who later became the Sultan of Delhi. He suppressed the powerful nobles and strengthened the powers of monarchy in the state.

Answered by Social Science Expert | 19th Jun, 2017, 07:42: AM

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