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Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh. Inscription of 'Alā' al-Dīn Khaljī.

Ansari, Muzaffar

Chanderi Inscription of ‘Alā' al-Dīn Khaljī, recording the completion of a mosque during the governorship of Amīr al-Umarā', Ikhtiyār al-Dawla wa al-Dīn Tamur Sulṭānī by Ismā‘īl, son of ‘Abd al-Salām, entitled Wajīh-i Najīb, the muḥarrir of the district (khiṭṭa) of Kol (Aligarh) during the reign of ‘Alā' al-Dunyā wa al-Dīn Abu al-Muẓaffar Muḥammad Shāh (i.e. ‘Alā' al-Dīn Khaljī, d. 1316 AD).

The inscription is dated 711 in the Hijra era, sha'bān 20. It is accordingly said to be the oldest known Islamic inscription from Chanderi. The date corresponds to Friday 31 December 1311 C.E. An edition appeared in Epigraphia Indica, Persian and Arabic Supplement (1968): 4-10. The inscription is currently in the Archaeological Museum, Chanderi, where it is registered under the number AMC 97/98.
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