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Muslim India

The Rajput Kingdoms fought off the invading Abbasid Arabs, who had just conquered Iran, from the 600s AD to about 1000 AD. But then the Abbasid army succeeded in invading and taking control of a large part of northern India (and what is now Pakistan). Little by little, many Hindus and Buddhists in northern India decided to convert to the Islamic faith of their new rulers.

Southern India never came under Islamic control, and remained Hindu. The Cholas ruled most of south India, and then the Pandyas.

The Arabs set up a very successful government in northern India. But their government didn't last very long. By about 1100 AD it was taken over by the Delhi Sultanate.

Learn by doing: visit a mosque
Muslim architecture in India
Delhi Sultanate

Bibliography and further reading about Muslim India:

Delhi Sultanate
Chola Empire in South India
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Professor Carr

Karen Eva Carr, PhD.
Assoc. Professor Emerita, History
Portland State University

Professor Carr holds a B.A. with high honors from Cornell University in classics and archaeology, and her M.A. and PhD. from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has excavated in Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, Israel, and Tunisia, and she has been teaching history to university students for a very long time.

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