The successive rule of Muslim dynasties from AD 1294 onwards
Filed Under: Lifestyle, Politics | Posted: 06/30/2012 at 5:09AM
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After the Yadavas, Maharashtra came under The successive rule of Muslim dynasties from A.D. 1294 onwards. There first came the Khiljis and the Tughlaks, to be followed by the Bahamanis with their capital at Gulbarga. As many Bahamanis rulers were patrons of art and learning, they gave a new impetus to the Marathi language by allowing it to draw more impetus to the Marathi language by allowing it to draw more and more from Persian, which was then the court language.
Marathi literature flourished and produced two of its greatest figures during this period- Eknath and Desopant. On the collapse of the Bahamanis, who ruled for more than 200 years, arose the five independent Muslim Sultanates of Adil Shashi, Barid Shahi, Qutub Shahi, Imam Shahi and Nizam Shahi. They sustained their rule on the support of the various Maratha chieftains, who aligned themselves with one dynasty or the other, thus dividing their own strength. This caused much unrest and even anarchy in some areas.