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The Status and Identity Evolution of Indian Slaves during Delhi Sultanate

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DOI: 10.25236/soshu.2020.046


Zehua Chen

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Zehua Chen


The establishment of the Muslim regime during Delhi Sultanate made Indian slavery appear some different characteristics. The slaves of wide sources had an improved status than other periods in Indian history. Due to the outstanding performance, part of the elite slaves had been removed from slavery and successfully ranked among the ruling classes. Some slaves became artisans or artists, and powerfully promoted the development of social economy. However, the vast majority of slaves still lived in the lowest level of society, although they converted to Islam and got rid of the Hindu caste oppression, they achieved the transformation of identity, but their status did not change in nature.


Delhi sultanate, India, Slave, Identity evolution