Officers of the Delhi Sultanate: Easy to Learn Compilation

Delhi Sultante were the Persian-speaking dynasties of Turkic and Afghan origin, which were controlling India from 1210 to 1526. Many of these dynasties ruled from Delhi. This includes the Slave dynasty (1206-90), the Khilji dynasty (1290-1320), the Tughlaq dynasty (1320-1413), the Sayyid dynasty (1414-51), and the Lodi dynasty (1451-1526). Later on, after India fell to the Mughals.

Let’s learn the important Central Departments under Delhi Sultanate first and then learn the officers involved.

Central Departments under Delhi Sultante

Officers of the Delhi Sultanate

Central Department Function
Diwan-i-Risalat Department of appeals
Diwan-i-arz Department of Military
Diwan-i-Bandagan Department of slaves
Diwan-i-Qaza-i-Mamalik Department of justice
Diwan-i-Ishtiaq Department of pensions
Diwan-i-Mustakhraj Department of arrears
Diwan-i-Khairat Department of charity
Diwan-i-kohi Department of agriculture
Diwan-i-insha Department of correspondence

Officers of the Delhi Sultanate (Central Level)

Officer: Central Level Duty Performed
Wazir Chief Minister; in charge of revenue & finances.
Ariz-i-Mumalik Head of military department
Qazi Legal Officer; dispensing Sharia law
Wakil-i-dar Controller of Royal household
Barid-i-Mumalik Head of state news agency
Amir-i-majlis Officer in charge of Royal feasts & festivals
Majlis-i-am Council of friends and officers consulted on important affairs of the state
Dahir-i-mumalik Head of Royal correspondence
Sadr-us-sudur Dealt with religious matters and endowments
Sadr-i-jahan Officers in charge of religious matters and endowments
Amir-i-dad Public prosecutor
Naib wazir Deputy Minister
Mushrif-i-mumalik Accountant general
Amir-i-hazib Officer in charge of the Royal court
Qazi-i-mumalik Chief Justice
Qazi-ul-kazat Head of chief judicial department
Amir-i-Akhur Officer commanding Royal Horses
Shahna-i-pil Superintendent of Royal Elephants
Amir-i-bahr Officer in charge of police & transport naval port

Officers of the Delhi Sultanate (Provincial Level)

Officials: Provincial Function
Amir Governor
Mukti/ Wali Responsible for law & order and collection of taxes in their iqtas
Nazir/ Wakuf Officials responsible for collecting revenue in the provinces
Sahib-i-diwan Maintained accounts of the provinces and sent them to central administration
Shiqdar Officer in charge of land measuring a shiq

Compare, Connect and Learn Faster: Indian Political History

Compiled by: Jishnu J Raju

ClearIAS Prelims Online Test Series
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *