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The Durrani Empire
Durrani Empire
(Pashto: د درانیانو واکمني‎), also called the Afghan Empire (د افغانانو واکمني),[6] was founded and built by Ahmad Shah Durrani. At its maximum extent, the empire covered the modern-day Afghanistan, Pakistan, as well as some parts of northeastern Iran, eastern Turkmenistan, and northwestern India
India
including the Kashmir region.[7] After the death of Nader Shah
Nader Shah
in 1747, the region of Kandahar
Kandahar
was claimed by Ahmad Shah Durrani. From there he began conquering Ghazni followed by Kabul. In 1749 the Mughal ruler had ceded sovereignty over what is now Pakistan
Pakistan
and northwestern Punjab
Punjab
to the Afghans. Ahmad Shah then set out westward to take possession of Herat, which was ruled by Shahrokh Shah. He next sent an army to subdue the areas north of the Hindu Kush
Hindu Kush
and in short order all the different tribes began joining his cause. Ahmad Shah and his forces invaded India
India
four times, taking control of the Kashmir and the Punjab
Punjab
region. Early in 1757, he sacked Delhi, but permitted the Mughal dynasty to remain in nominal control as long as the ruler acknowledged Ahmad Shah's suzerainty over the Punjab, Sindh, and Kashmir. Durrani's forces instigated the Vaḍḍā Ghallūghārā when they killed thousands of Sikhs
Sikhs
in the Punjab.[8][9][10] After the death of Ahmad Shah in about 1772, his son Timur Shah became the next ruler of the Durrani dynasty
Durrani dynasty
who decided to make Kabul
Kabul
the new capital of the empire, and used Peshawar
Peshawar
as the winter capital. The Durrani Empire
Durrani Empire
is considered the foundation of the modern state of Afghanistan, with Ahmad Shah Durrani
Ahmad Shah Durrani
being credited as "Father of the Nation".[11]

Contents

1 Reign of Ahmad Shah Durrani
Ahmad Shah Durrani
(1747–1772)

1.1 Early victories 1.2 Relations with China 1.3 Third Battle of Panipat 1.4 Decline

2 Other Durrani rulers (1772–1826)

2.1 Timur Shah (1772–1793) 2.2 Zaman Shah
Zaman Shah
(1793–1801) 2.3 Mahmud Shah (first reign, 1801–1803) 2.4 Shuja Shah (1803–1809 and 1839–1842) 2.5 Mahmud Shah (second reign, 1809–1818) 2.6 Sultan Ali Shah (1818–1819) 2.7 Ayub Shah (1819–1823)

3 See also 4 Notes 5 References 6 External links

Reign of Ahmad Shah Durrani
Ahmad Shah Durrani
(1747–1772)[edit]

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Campaigns of Ahmad Shah Durrani

Battle of Manupur (1748) Battle of Lahore
Lahore
(1752) Battle of Sabzavar (1755) Durrani occupation of Delhi
Delhi
(1757) Battle of Gohalwar (1757) Battle of Lahore
Lahore
(1759) Battle of Barari Ghat (1760) Second Battle of Sikandarabad (1760) Siege of Kunjpura (1760) Third Battle of Panipat Battle of Gujranwala (1761) Battle of Sialkot (1761) Battle of Kup (1762) Battle of Sialkot (1763)

In 1709 Mir Wais Hotak, chief of the Ghilji
Ghilji
tribe of Kandahar Province, gained independence from the Safavid Persians. From 1722 to 1725, his son Mahmud Hotak
Mahmud Hotak
briefly ruled large parts of Iran
Iran
and declared himself as Shah of Persia. However, the Hotak dynasty
Hotak dynasty
came to a complete end in 1738 after being toppled and banished by the Afsharids who were led by Nader Shah
Nader Shah
Afshar of Persia. The year 1747 marks the definitive appearance of an Afghan political entity independent of both the Persian and Mughal empires.[12] In October 1747 a loya jirga (grand council) concluded near the city of Kandahar
Kandahar
with Ahmad Shah Durrani
Ahmad Shah Durrani
being selected as the new leader of the Afghans, thus the Durrani dynasty
Durrani dynasty
was founded. Despite being younger than the other contenders, Ahmad Shah had several overriding factors in his favor. He belonged to a respectable family of political background, especially since his father served as Governor of Herat who died in a battle defending the Afghans. Early victories[edit]

City of Kandahar, its principal bazaar and citadel, taken from the Nakkara Khauna

One of Ahmad Shah's first military actions was to capture Ghazni
Ghazni
from the Ghiljis, and then wrest Kabul
Kabul
from the local ruler. In 1749, the Mughal ruler was induced to cede Sindh, the Punjab
Punjab
region and the important trans Indus River
Indus River
to Ahmad Shah in order to save his capital from Afghan attack.[13] Having thus gained substantial territories to the east without a fight, Ahmad Shah turned westward to take possession of Herat, which was ruled by Nader Shah
Nader Shah
Afshar's grandson, Shahrukh Afshar. Ahmad Shah next sent an army to subdue the areas north of the Hindu Kush
Hindu Kush
mountains. In short order, the powerful army brought under its control the Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, Turkmen, and other tribes of northern Afghanistan. Ahmad Shah invaded the remnants of the Mughal Empire
Mughal Empire
a third time, and then a fourth, consolidating control over the Kashmir and Punjab
Punjab
regions, with Lahore
Lahore
being governed by Afghans. He sacked Delhi
Delhi
in 1757 but permitted the Mughal dynasty to remain in nominal control of the city as long as the ruler acknowledged Ahmad Shah's suzerainty over Punjab, Sindh, and Kashmir. Leaving his second son Timur Shah to safeguard his interests, Ahmad Shah left India
India
to return to Afghanistan. Relations with China[edit] Alarmed by the expansion of China's Qing Dynasty
Qing Dynasty
up to the eastern border of Kazakhstan, Ahmad Shah attempted to rally neighboring Muslim khanates and the Kazakhs to unite and attack China, ostensibly to liberate its western Muslim subjects.[14] Ahmad Shah halted trade with Qing China and dispatched troops to Kokand.[15] However, with his campaigns in India
India
exhausting the state treasury, and with his troops stretched thin throughout Central Asia, Ahmad Shah lacked sufficient resources to do anything except to send envoys to Beijing
Beijing
for unsuccessful talks. Third Battle of Panipat[edit] Main article: Third Battle of Panipat

Ahmad Shah Durrani
Ahmad Shah Durrani
and his coalition decisively defeat the Maratha Confederacy, during the Third Battle of Panipat
Third Battle of Panipat
and restored the Mughal Empire
Mughal Empire
to Shah Alam II.[16]

The Mughal power in northern India
India
had been declining since the reign of Aurangzeb, who died in 1707. In 1751-52, Ahamdiya treaty was signed between the Marathas
Marathas
and Mughals, when Balaji Bajirao
Balaji Bajirao
was the Peshwa.[17] Through this treaty, the Marathas
Marathas
controlled virtually the whole of India
India
from their capital at Pune
Pune
and the Mughal rule was restricted only to Delhi
Delhi
(the Mughals
Mughals
remained the nominal heads of Delhi). Marathas
Marathas
were now straining to expand their area of control towards the Northwest of India. Ahmad Shah sacked the Mughal capital and withdrew with the booty he coveted. To counter the Afghans, Peshwa Balaji Bajirao
Balaji Bajirao
sent Raghunathrao. He defeated the Rohillas
Rohillas
and Afghan garrisons in Punjab
Punjab
and succeeded in ousting Timur Shah and his court from India
India
and brought Lahore, Multan, Kashmir and other subahs on the Indian side of Attock under Maratha rule.[18] Thus, upon his return to Kandahar
Kandahar
in 1757, Ahmad was forced to return to India
India
and face the formidable attacks of the Maratha Confederacy. Ahmad Shah declared a jihad (or Islamic holy war) against the Marathas, and warriors from various Afghan tribes joined his army, including the Baloch people
Baloch people
under the command of Khan of Kalat
Khan of Kalat
Mir Nasir I of Kalat. Early skirmishes were followed by victory for the Afghans against the smaller Maratha garrisons in Northwest India
India
and by 1759 Ahmad Shah and his army had reached Lahore
Lahore
and were poised to confront the Marathas. By 1760, the Maratha groups had coalesced into a big enough army under the command of Sadashivrao Bhau. Once again, Panipat
Panipat
was the scene of a confrontation between two warring contenders for control of northern India. The Third Battle of Panipat (14 January 1761), fought between largely Muslim and largely Hindu armies was waged along a twelve-kilometer front. Despite decisively defeating the Marathas, what might have been Ahmad Shah's peaceful control of his domains was disrupted by many challenges. As far as losses are concerned, Afghans too suffered heavily in the Third Battle of Panipat. This weakened his grasp over Punjab
Punjab
which fell to the rising Sikh
Sikh
misls. There were rebellions in the north in the region of Bukhara. Decline[edit]

The Bala Hissar fort in Peshawar
Peshawar
was one of the royal residences of the Durrani kings.

The victory at Panipat
Panipat
was the high point of Ahmad Shah's—and Afghan—power. However, even prior to his death, the empire began to unravel. In 1762, Ahmad Shah crossed the passes from Afghanistan
Afghanistan
for the sixth time to subdue the Sikhs. From this time and on, the domination and control of the Empire began to loosen.[19] He assaulted Lahore
Lahore
and, after taking their holy city of Amritsar, massacred thousands of Sikh
Sikh
inhabitants, destroying their revered Golden Temple.[20] Within two years, the Sikhs
Sikhs
rebelled again and rebuilt their holy city of Amritsar. Ahmad Shah tried several more times to subjugate the Sikhs
Sikhs
permanently, but failed. Ahmad Shah also faced other rebellions in the north, and eventually he and the Uzbek Emir of Bukhara
Bukhara
agreed that the Amu Darya would mark the division of their lands. A decade after the third Battle of Panipat, Marathas
Marathas
under the leadership of Mahadji Scindia
Mahadji Scindia
entered and recaptured Delhi
Delhi
in 1771, cutting off Rohillas
Rohillas
from the Durranis
Durranis
forever. Ahmad Shah retired to his home in the mountains east of Kandahar, where he died on April 14, 1773.[21] He had succeeded to a remarkable degree in balancing tribal alliances and hostilities, and in directing tribal energies away from rebellion. He earned recognition as Ahmad Shah Baba, or "Father" of Afghanistan.[3] Other Durrani rulers (1772–1826)[edit]

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Ahmad Shah's successors governed so ineptly during a period of profound unrest that within fifty years of his death, the Durrani empire per se was at an end, and Afghanistan
Afghanistan
was embroiled in civil war. Much of the territory conquered by Ahmad Shah fell to others in this half century. By 1818, the Sadozai rulers who succeeded Ahmad Shah controlled little more than Kabul
Kabul
and the surrounding territory within a 160-kilometer radius. They not only lost the outlying territories but also alienated other tribes and lineages among the Durrani Pashtuns. Timur Shah (1772–1793)[edit] Main article: Timur Shah Durrani Ahmad Shah was succeeded by his son, Timur Shah, who had been deputed to administer his father's conquests in Northern India, but had been driven out by the Marathas. Upon Ahmad Shah's death, the Durrani chieftains only reluctantly accepted Timur's accession. Most of his reign was spent fighting a civil war and resisting rebellion; Timur was even forced to move his capital from Kandahar
Kandahar
to Kabul
Kabul
due to the insurgency. Timur Shah proved an ineffectual ruler, during whose reign the Durrani empire began to crumble. He is notable for having had 24 sons, several of whom became rulers of the Durrani territories. Timur died in 1793 and was then succeeded by his fifth son Zaman Shah Zaman Shah
Zaman Shah
(1793–1801)[edit] Main article: Zaman Shah
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The main street in the bazaar at Kabul

After the death of Timur Shah, three of his sons, the governors of Kandahar, Herat
Herat
and Kabul, contended for the succession. Zaman Shah, governor of Kabul, held the field by virtue of being in control of the capital, and became shah at the age of twenty-three. Many of his half-brothers were imprisoned on their arrival in the capital for the purpose, ironically, of electing a new shah. The quarrels among Timur's descendants that through Afghanistan
Afghanistan
into turmoil also provided the pretext for the interventions of outside forces. The efforts of the Sadozai heirs of Timur to impose a true monarchy on the truculent Pashtun tribes, and their efforts to rule absolutely and without the advice of the other major Pashtun tribal leaders, were ultimately unsuccessful. The Sikhs
Sikhs
started rising to power in defense of the years of invasions of Punjab
Punjab
by the Afghanis. Zaman Shah
Zaman Shah
was unsuccessful in subduing them. A young Sikh
Sikh
chief, Ranjit Singh, then succeeded in wresting power from Zaman's forces. Later when Zaman was blinded by his brother, it was Ranjit Singh
Ranjit Singh
who gave him asylum in Punjab. Zaman's downfall was triggered by his attempts to consolidate power. Although it had been through the support of the Barakzai chief, Painda Khan Barakzai, that he had come to the throne, Zaman soon began to remove prominent Barakzai leaders from positions of power and replace them with men of his own lineage, the Sadozai. This upset the delicate balance of Durrani tribal politics that Ahmad Shah had established and may have prompted Painda Khan and other Durrani chiefs to plot against the shah. Painda Khan and the chiefs of the Nurzai
Nurzai
and the Alizai Durrani clans were executed, as was the chief of the Qizilbash
Qizilbash
clan. Painda Khan's son fled to Iran
Iran
and pledged the substantial support of his Barakzai followers to a rival claimant to the throne, Zaman's older brother, Mahmud Shah. The clans of the chiefs Zaman had executed joined forces with the rebels, and they took Kandahar
Kandahar
without bloodshed. Mahmud Shah (first reign, 1801–1803)[edit] Main article: Mahmud Shah Durrani Zeman Shah's overthrow in 1801 was not the end of civil strife in Afghanistan, but the beginning of even greater violence. Mahmud Shah's first reign lasted for only two years before he was replaced by Shuja Shah. Shuja Shah (1803–1809 and 1839–1842)[edit] Main article: Shuja Shah Durrani Yet another of Timur Shah's sons, Shuja Shah (or Shah Shuja), ruled for only six years. On June 7, 1809, Shuja Shah signed a treaty with the British, which included a clause stating that he would oppose the passage of foreign troops through his territories. This agreement, the first Afghan pact with a European power, stipulated joint action in case of Franco-Persian aggression against Afghan or British dominions. Only a few weeks after signing the agreement, Shuja was deposed by his predecessor, Mahmud. Much later, he was reinstated by the British, ruling during 1839–1842. Two of his sons also ruled for a brief period in 1842. Mahmud Shah (second reign, 1809–1818)[edit] Main article: Mahmud Shah Durrani Mahmud's second reign lasted nine years. Mahmud alienated the Barakzai, especially Fateh Khan, the son of Painda Khan, who was eventually seized and blinded. Revenge would later be sought and obtained by Fateh Khan's youngest brother, Dost Mohammad Khan. Sultan Ali Shah (1818–1819)[edit] Main article: Ali Shah Durrani Ali Shah was another son of Timur Shah. He seized power for a brief period in 1818-19. Ayub Shah (1819–1823)[edit] Main article: Ayub Shah Durrani Ayub Shah was another son of Timur Shah, who deposed Sultan Ali Shah. He was himself later deposed, and presumably killed in 1823. The loss of Kashmir during his reign opened a new chapter in South Asian history. See also[edit]

Indian Campaign of Ahmad Shah Durrani List of Pashtun empires and dynasties

Notes[edit]

^ Mazheruddin Siddiqi. Development of Islamic State and Society (original from the University of Michigan). Institute of Islamic Culture, 1956. page 310 ^ Hanifi, Shah Mahmoud. "Timur Shah transferred the Durrani capital from Qandahar in 1775-76. Kabul
Kabul
and Peshawar
Peshawar
then shared time as the dual Durrani capital cities, the former during the summer and the latter during the winter season." p. 185. Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier. Stanford University Press, 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-04. ^ a b Singh, Sarina (2008). "Like the Kushans, the Afghan kings favoured Peshawar
Peshawar
as a winter residence, and were aggrieved when the upstart Sikh
Sikh
kingdom snatched it in 1818 and levelled its buildings." p. 191. Pakistan
Pakistan
and the Karakoram Highway. Retrieved 2012-08-10. ^ L. Lee, Jonathan (1996). The Ancient Supremacy: Bukhara, Afghanistan and the Battle for Balkh, 1731-1901 (illustrated ed.). BRILL. p. 116. ISBN 9004103996. Retrieved March 8, 2013. [The Sadozai kingdom] continued to exist in Herat
Herat
until the city finally fell to Dost Muhammad Khan in 1862.  ^ Schimmel, Annemarie (1976). Pain and Grace: A Study of Two Mystical Writers of Eighteenth-Century Muslim India. BRILL. p. 12. ISBN 978-9004047716.  ^ "Last Afghan empire". Louis Dupree, Nancy Hatch Dupree
Nancy Hatch Dupree
and others. Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-25.  ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2013-02-07.  ^ ^ Khushwant Singh, A History of the Sikhs, Volume I: 1469-1839, Delhi, Oxford University Press, 1978, pp. 144-45. ^ ^ According to the Punjabi-English Dictionary, eds. S.S. Joshi, Mukhtiar Singh Gill, (Patiala, India: Punjabi University Publication Bureau, 1994) the definitions of "Ghalughara" are as follows: "holcaust, massacre, great destruction, deluge, genocide, slaughter, (historically) the great loss of life suffered by Sikhs
Sikhs
at the hands of their rulers, particularly on 1 May 1746 and 5 February 1762" (p. 293). ^ Syad Muhammad Latif, The History of Punjab
Punjab
from the Remotest Antiquity to the Present Time, New Delhi, Eurasia Publishing House (Pvt.) Ltd., 1964, p. 283; Khushwant Singh, A History of the Sikhs, Volume I: 1469-1839, Delhi, Oxford University Press, 1978, p. 154. ^ "Afghanistan". CIA. The World Factbook. Retrieved 2010-08-25.  ^ D. Balland (December 15, 1983). " Afghanistan
Afghanistan
x. Political History". Encyclopædia Iranica. Retrieved 2012-08-08.  ^ Meredith L. Runion The History of Afghanistan
Afghanistan
pp 69 Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 ISBN 0313337985 ^ Kim, Ho-dong (2004). Holy war in China: the Muslim rebellion and state in Chinese Central Asia, 1864-1877. Stanford University Press. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-8047-4884-1. Retrieved 2010-08-25.  ^ Newby, Laura J. (2005). The Empire and the Khanate: a political history of Qing relations with Khoqand c. 1760-1860. BRILL. p. 34. ISBN 978-90-04-14550-4. Retrieved 2010-08-25.  ^ S. M. Ikram
S. M. Ikram
(1964). "XIX. A Century of Political Decline: 1707–1803". In Ainslie T. Embree. Muslim Civilization in India. New York: Columbia University Press. Retrieved 5 November 2011. ^ Patil, Vishwas. Panipat. ^ Roy, Kaushik. India's Historic Battles: From Alexander the Great to Kargil. Permanent Black, India. pp. 80–1. ISBN 978-81-7824-109-8.  ^ Meredith L. Runion The History of Afghanistan
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pp 71 Greenwood Publishing Group, 2007 ISBN 0313337985 ^ Purnima Dhavan, When Sparrows Became Hawks: The Making of the Sikh Warrior Tradition, 1699, (Oxford University Press, 2011), 112. ^ Reddy, L. R (2002). Inside Afghanistan: end of the Taliban
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References[edit]

Malleson, George Bruce (1879) History of Afghanistan, from the Earliest Period to the Outbreak of the War of 1878 W.H. Allen & Co., London, OCLC 4219393, limited view at Google Books Singh, Ganda (1959) Ahmad Shah Durrani: Father of Modern Afghanistan Asia Publishing House, London, OCLC 4341271 Fraser-Tytler, William Kerr (1953) Afghanistan: A Study of Political Developments in Central and Southern Asia Oxford University Press, London, OCLC 409453 Tanner, Stephen (2002) Afghanistan : a military history from Alexander the Great to the fall of the Taliban
Taliban
Da Capo Press, New York, ISBN 0-306-81164-2, also available from NetLibrary Elphinstone, Mountstuart 1779-1859 An account of the kingdom of Caubul, and its dependencies in Persia, Tartary and India : comprising a view of the Afghaun nation and a history of the Dooraunee monarchy.London : Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1815. Available in digital formats from the Internet Archive Digital Library [1] [2]

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Durrani dynasty
Durrani dynasty
(1747–1862)

Rulers

Ahmad Shah Durrani Timur Shah Durrani Zaman Shah
Zaman Shah
Durrani Mahmud Shah Durrani Shuja Shah Durrani Ali Shah Durrani Ayub Shah Durrani

Events

Maratha conquest of North-west India Third battle of Panipat

Adversaries

Sadashivrao Bhau Ranjit Singh Mohammad Shah Qajar

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Pashtun-related topics

Dynasties

Lodi dynasty Suri dynasty Hotak dynasty Durrani dynasty Barakzai dynasty more

Key figures

Bahlul Lodi Sher Shah Suri Mirwais Hotak Ahmad Shah Khan Ahmad Shah Durrani Dost Mohammad Khan Malalai of Maiwand Saidu Baba Abdur Rahman Khan Mahmud Tarzi Soraya Tarzi Amanullah Khan Mohammed Nadir Shah Mullah Powindah Sartor Faqir Umra Khan Mirzali Khan Bacha Khan Abdul Samad Khan Achakzai Wali Khan Zahir Shah Daoud Khan Abdul Ahad Mohmand Mohammad Najibullah Ghulam Ishaq Khan Mohammed Omar Hamid Karzai Asfandyar Wali Khan Zalmay Khalilzad Mohammad Ashraf Ghani Abdur Rab Nishtar Abdul Waheed Kakar Ayub Khan (President of Pakistan) Karnal Sher Khan Malala Yousafzai

Culture

Pashtun culture Pashtun cuisine Pashtunwali Pashto Pashtunization Pashtun dress Pashto
Pashto
media Pashto
Pashto
singers Pashtun tribes Loya jirga Adam Khan and Durkhanai Yusuf Khan and Sherbano Jirga

Poets

Amir Kror Suri Pir Roshan Rahman Baba Khushal Khattak Nazo Tokhi Abdul Hamid Baba Hussain Hotak Ahmad Shah Durrani Hamza Baba Ajmal Khattak Kabir Stori Ghani Khan

Topics and controversies

Pashtun nationalism Pashtunistan Afghan (ethnonym) Durand Line Bannu Resolution Khudai Khidmatgar Kalabagh Dam Taliban Names of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Anti-Pashtun sentiment

Battles and conflicts

First Battle of Panipat Battle of Gulnabad Third Battle of Panipat Battle of Attock Battle of Multan Battle of Shopian Battle of Nowshera Battle of Jamrud Siege of Malakand Anglo-Afghan Wars Battle of Maiwand Tirah Campaign Battle of Saragarhi Soviet–Afghan War War in Afghanistan
Afghanistan
(2001–2014) War in North-West Pakistan War in Afghanista

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