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is the name given to the dynasty of Turkish origin which was founded by Sebüktigin, a General and Governor of the Sāmānids [q.v.]. With G̲h̲azna [q.v.] for long its capital, the dynasty lasted for more than 200 years, from 367/977-8 to 583/1187, in eastern Īrān and what is now Afg̲h̲ānistān, and finally only in parts of the Pand̲j̲āb (with Lahāwur/Lahore as centre). For a long time its rulers held the official title of Amīr, although historians call them Sulṭān from the start; on coins, Ibrāhīm (no. XII below) was the first to bear this title.

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Spuler, B. and Sourdel-Thomine, J., “G̲h̲aznawids”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0234>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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