The rich corpus of architectural inscriptions on the funerary monuments of Gulbarga and Bidar are a largely unexplored source for the history of the Bahmani Sultanate in the 15th-century Deccan region of south India. The often surprising choice of inscriptions on these monuments helps elucidate how the Bahmani dynasty articulated a vision of sacred kingship that was both part of a broader phenomenon across the Islamic world, and was at the same time highly eclectic and innovative.
Will Kwiatkowski is an independent epigraphist working on Arabic, Persian and Turkish inscriptions. He has published readings of inscriptions for numerous publications of museum and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Al-Thani Collection, Qatar, and the David Collection, Copenhagen.
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