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Khvāja-yi Jahān
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Khvāja-yi Jahān (lord of the world) was an honorific title bestowed upon high-ranking dignitaries in various Indo-Muslim sultanates. One of its earliest uses dates to the reign of Sulṭān Muʿizz al-Dīn Kay Qubādh (r. 686–9/1287–90) of the Muʿizzī or Shamsī Slave dynasty of Delhi sultans (r. 602–89/1206–90) who, upon his accession to the throne, granted it to one of his officers. “Khvāja-yi Jahān” was a pre-eminent title under the Tughluqs (r. 720–815/1320–1412), accorded to persons wielding considerable influence, including wazīrs. As frontier provinces broke away from the …

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Joshi, Harit, “Khvāja-yi Jahān”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_35587>
First published online: 2019
First print edition: 9789004386648, 2019, 2019-3



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