From Indus to Independence - A Trek Through Indian History (Vol VI Medieval Deccan Kingdoms)

This is the sixth volume of the series on Indian history, From Indus to Independence: A Trek through Indian History, and deals with the Islamic entrenchment in the Deccan Plateau—the flow of events, the reasons and the consequences of this development. It starts with an overview of the Deccan and provides a detailed and contextual background of South India before the Islamic invasion. It also explains the spirited Hindu revival that took place before the entire Deccan was subsumed by the Islamic enterprise emanating from North India.
The core subject of study in the book is the medieval kingdoms of the Deccan, the Bahmanis and its successor Shahi kingdoms. The history of the Bahmani dynasty; its tumultuous founding; the rule of various kings; and a detailed analysis of the breakup of the kingdom—the process, reasons and aftermath—has been analysed and described. Subsequently the three major successor dynasties—Adil Shahis, Nizam Shahis and Qutb Shahis—are studied in great detail and narrated as three separate sections.
The book carries out an assessment of the nearly four centuries of Islamic rule in medieval Deccan, detailing the troubles and tribulations that made these dynasties less effective than they could have been and the incessant in-fighting that made the successor Shahi kingdoms fragile and open to easy conquest in their later days by the Mughals. The book also studies the cultural, literary, architectural and religious aspects that stand out in the Deccan as a consequence of the mingling of Islam and Hinduism, which created unique outcomes. 

Vij Books
  • Pages: 492
  • 9789388161596 • HARDBACK • May 2019 • Rs.1550
  • 9789388161602 • PAPERBACK • Oct 2019 • Rs.795
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  • Subjects: Indian History, History of South Asia
  • From Indus to Independence - A Trek Through Indian History (Vol VI Medieval Deccan Kingdoms)
author details

Dr Sanu Kainikara is an ex-fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force and currently a practising Military Strategist residing in Canberra, Australia. He holds a Master of Science degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras, and his PhD in International Politics was awarded by the University of Adelaide in Australia. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of New South Wales and the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Regional Security.  

Dr Kainikara is the author of 11 books on national security and strategy, military forces and air power. He is a keen student of Indian history and is in the process of writing the history of India in a series of books titled From Indus to Independence: A Trek through Indian History. The first three volumes of the series have already been published and the fourth is nearing completion. He has also published a collection of political essays titled The Asian Crucible. He is a regular contributor to the Eurasia Review. 

Sanu is the author of numerous papers on international politics, national security issues, and security strategy that have been published in reputed international journals; and has presented papers, on invitation, in a number of International Conferences around the world.

r’s Preface

Introduction to Volume VI 

Section I The Deccan and South India 
Chapter 1 The Deccan – A Broad Overview 
Chapter 2 The Bridge Between Two Eras 
Chapter 3 A Tale of Three Kingdoms
Chapter 4 Prologue to Hindu Revival

Section II The Bahmani Dynasty
Chapter 5 Origins
Chapter 6 The Gulbarga Sultans 
Chapter 7 The Bidar Sultans
Chapter 8 Last Days and Break-Up 
Chapter 9 The Bahmanis – Concluding Deductions 

Section III The Successor Kingdoms of The Deccan 
The Adil Shahis of Bijapur
Chapter 10 Yusuf Adil Shah Establishes A Kingdom 
Chapter 11 Entrenching the Dynasty 
Chapter 12 Growing Strength 
Chapter 13 The Zenith 
Chapter 14 The Final Collapse 
Chapter 15 A Concluding Evaluation 

Section IV The Successor Kingdoms of The Deccan 
The Nizam Shahis of Ahmadnaga
Chapter 16 The Founding of A Kingdom
Chapter 17 Consolidation: Burhan Nizam Shah I 
Chapter 18 Turmoil: Hussein Nizam Shah 
Chapter 19 The Zenith of Power: Murtaza Nizam Shah 
Chapter 20 Stagnation and Confusion: Murtaza’s Last Days 
Chapter 21 The Beginning of The End 
Chapter 22 The End: Chand Bibi’s Finest Hour 
Chapter 23 Malik Ambar – The Rise and Rise of A Slave - The Habshi Ascendancy 

Section V The Successor Kingdoms of The Deccan 
The Qutb Shahis of Golconda – Hyderabad
Chapter 24 A Kingdom is Established 
Chapter 25 Containing Instability
Chapter 26 Ibrahim Quli Qutb Shah: Increasing Power and Stature 
Chapter 27 Muhammad Quli Qutb Shah
Focus on Cultural Development
Chapter 28 Plateauing and Decline 
Chapter 29 The Obliteration of a Dynasty 

Section VI Deccan Shahis – Other Aspects 
Chapter 30 Administration, Military and Foreign Affairs 
Chapter 31 The Cultural Front

Section VII Medieval Deccan – A Concluding Analysis 
Chapter 32 Chaotic Administration 
Chapter 33 The Social Environment 
Chapter 34 Economy, Trade and Commerce 
Chapter 35 The Cauldron Bubbles…