Adil Shahi dynasty

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The Adil Shahi or Adilshahi, was a Shia Muslim dynasty, founded by Yusuf Adil Shah, that ruled the Sultanate of Bijapur, centred on present-day Bijapur district, Karnataka in India, in the Western area of the Deccan region of Southern India from 1489 to 1686.


  • “While campaigning in Karnataka following the fall of Vijayanagar ‘Ali I’s armies destroyed two or three hundred Hindu temples, and the monarch himself was said to have smashed four or five thousand Hindu images…”
    • Sultãn ‘Alî I ‘Ãdilshãh of Bijapur (AD 1557-1580) Karnataka. Tazkirãtu’I-Mulûk. Richard Maxwell Eaton: Sufis of Bijapur 1300-1700, Princeton (U.S.A.), 1978, p. 68.
  • “And in Mudgal town located 75 miles south-east of Bijapur ‘Ali I tore down two temples and replaced them with ashurkhanas, or houses used in the celebration of Shi’a festivals.”
    • Sultãn ‘Alî ‘Ãdil Shãh I of Bijapur (AD 1558-1580) Mudgal (Karnataka) Wãqi‘ãt-i-Mamalakat-i-Bîjãpur Summarised from the Wãqî’ãt, Vol. III, p. 575 by Richard Maxwell Eaton in his Sufis of Bijapur 1300-1700, Princeton (U.S.A.), 1978, p. 68.

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