Mahmud of Ghazni
Birthday: November 2, 971
Died At Age: 58
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Also Known As: Yamīn ad-Dawlah Abul-Qāṣim Maḥmūd Ibn Sebüktegīn
Born Country: Afghanistan
Born in: Ghazni, Afghanistan
Famous as: Ruler of the Ghaznavid Dynasty
Died on: April 30, 1030
place of death: Ghazni, Afghanistan
Mahmud of Ghazni was a late-10th-century and early-11th-century political and military leader and conqueror who reigned over a vast region in Asia, which stretched from Ray in the west to Samarkand in the north-east, and from the Caspian Sea to the Yamuna River in India. The first independent ruler of the Ghaznavid dynasty, he began his career serving under his father, who was a slave commander in the Samanid Empire, in various military campaigns. Mahmud ascended the throne in 999 and immediately began his efforts to secure his position and expand his empire. He was an extremely Persianized ruler, who upheld the bureaucratic, political, and cultural customs of the Samanids, his predecessors. This act ultimately set up the framework for a Persianate state in northern India. When he chose to use the title “Sultan”, he became the first ruler in history to do so. The title underscored the enormity of his power, while simultaneously maintaining an ideological connection with the suzerainty of the Abbasid Caliphate.
- Born Yamīn-ud-Dawla Abul-Qāṣim Maḥmūd ibn Sebüktegīn on November 2, 971, in the town of Ghazni in the region of Zabulistan (present-day Afghanistan), Mahmud was the son of Abu Mansur Sabuktigin and his wife, the daughter of an Iranian aristocrat from Zabulistan.Sabuktigin, a Turkic slaver commander, reigned over Ghazni as a subordinate of the Samanid Empire. Little information is available about Mahmud’s early life. He and Ahmad Maymandi, a Zabulistani-born Persian and Mahmud’s foster brother, were educated together.In 994, he embarked on his first military campaign with his father to wrest control of Khorasan from the rebel Fa'iq in support of the Samanid Emir, Nuh II.The Samanid Empire had become quite volatile at this point. There was a lot of infighting between various factions struggling for dominance, the most prominent of which were Abu'l-Qasim Simjuri, Fa'iq, Abu Ali, the General Bekhtuzin as well as the neighbouring Buyid dynasty and Kara-Khanid Khanate.Continue Reading BelowRecommended Lists:
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- Sabuktigin passed away in 997, after which Ismail, his son and a younger half-brother of Mahmud, became the sovereign of the Ghaznavid dynasty. Why Sabuktigin picked Ismail over the older and more experienced Mahmud is unknown. It was possibly due to Ismail’s mother, who was the daughter of Alptigin, Sabuktigin's old master.It was not long before Mahmud rebelled, and with the support of his other brother, Abu'l-Muzaffar, the governor of Bust, overthrew Ismail a year later at the Battle of Ghazni and took over the Ghaznavid kingdom.