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Sultan Alauddin Khilji with Kafur Malik Naib



The second and the most powerful ruler of the Khalji dynasty Sultan Alauddin Khalji (d.1316) who ruled Delhi Sultanate and became one of the greatest conquerors of India. Who are Khilji? It is a Turkic tribe that was named after a village in Afghanistan. Originally Turkic people that came to India.

"The Khiljis were a Turkish tribe but having been long domiciled in Afghanistan, and adopted some Afghan habits and customs. They were treated as Afghans in Delhi Court" ('History of Medieval India' R. S. Chaurasia)

And Alauddin's
general, a powerful eunuch Kafur Malik (d.1316) who commanded sultan's forces during most his military campaigns. This handsome eunuch, a Hindu slave from Gujarat, who had embraced Islam - became Sultan's great love. Alauddin was infatuated by his beauty and made him his lifelong favorite.
Despite their tragic end, their feelings were still there, in their hearts, even if their hearts are buried, they made their history.

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Absolutely gorgeous. Love the Oriental flavor. Pity it isn't in higher resolution; I'd seriously have this printed out as a poster. :)