Non-issue of Coins: Bahmani Successor States and Coinage
The two prerogatives of kingship that were potent symbols of sovereignty in medieval and early modern Islamic kingdoms were the khutba and the sikka. Yet, the five post‐Bahmani sultanates in the Deccan did not issue coins in their own name till the last quarter of the 16th century. This enigmatic lack of coinage and its reasons are the focus of this lecture.
Pushkar Sohoni trained as an architect and then studied Indian architectural history, specialising in Islamic traditions of the Deccan. He is author of Aurangabad, with Daulatabad, Khuldabad and Ahmadnagar (Mumbai 2014). Formerly the South Asian Librarian at the University of Pennsylvanian Libraries, Philadelphia, USA, he is now Assistant Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), Pune.
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