Sidi Yaqub

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Siddi Yaqut Khan was a Mughal Admiral and coastal chieftain from Murud Janjira, he fought the British East India Company. In 1689 the strong Mughal fleet from Janjira, commanded by the Sidi Yaqub and manned by Mappila and Abyssinians, firmly blockaded Bombay. After a year of resistance, the English surrendered, and in 1690 the company sent envoys to Aurangzeb's camp to plead for a pardon.


  • Sidi Yaqut of Janjira or Zanjira, once took a Maratha fort and seven hundred persons came out. Notwithstanding his word to grant quarter to the garrison “he made the children and pretty women slaves, and forcibly converted them to Islam… but the men he put to death.”
    • Khafi Khan, Muhammad Hashim, Muntakhab-ul-Lubab, ed. by Kabir-ud-din Ahmad, Bib.lnd., Calcutta, 1869, 1925., quoted from Lal, K. S. (1994). Muslim slave system in medieval India. New Delhi: Aditya Prakashan. Chapter 12

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